Figurae Veneris Patriotiques

Figurae Veneris Patriotiques
01/08/2014 borisio

(version anglaise) If only it were less pretentious, the play “KNKNPNKN“ would be more than only the best piece of this year’s Belef, which, unlike the previous year, appeared to be quite good. The play „KNKNPNKN“  (КИКИРИКИ) (Peanuts) is made up of eighteen (one would say) freely chosen images, the so-called, mythical entries of our (ex-YU) culture, or rather public life. Namely, with the use of the book “Lexicon of Yu mythology” the authors interpret their version of what was once referred to as common cultural ground, wisely staying clear of the Yugo-nostalgia but rather attempting to establish their own (witty) image of what we now call Yu mythology. Thus, for example, the explanation of the first TV series of epic proportions “Dynasty” which was aired at the dusk of the disintegration of the SFRY (the Federal Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia) and which preceded the first major (at least in terms of the number of episodes) domestic TV series “Bolji Život” ( “A better life”) will be given through drama lessons.
The famous Steven and his friends, the so-called pioneers of homosexuality, are interpreted by two drama students as Ustasha and Chetnik characters. Their mutual relationship is shown through the analysis of the figurae veneris in 100 positions, whereas the recollection of the ex-YU sex symbols, Božidarka Frajt, Svetlana Bojković, Milena Zupančič or Tanja Bošković was realized using of the members of the JNA (Yugoslav People’s Army) and referring to what the army members do all the time, aside from drinking. Up until the moment they were blown out by an explosion. Furthermore it is worth pointing out to some inspired scenes such as Šerbedžija Rade, in which the worldwide fame in roles of Slavic criminals of all colors, is interpreted from the point in time when the actor was identified with „Ne daj se Ines“ or a nostalgic tale of Mirza Delibašić and his struggle for recognition. The five members: Milovan Filipović, Milorad Kapor, Ninoslav Đorđević, Suzana Vuković and Jelena Đukić made a good team which worked well together, backed up by the “Ludilo mozga” (“Insane in the Brain”) band.

Nedeljko Jovanović