Demeter Calling

Sanja Mitrović / Stand Up Tall Productions & KVS

Demeter Calling is a concert performance in which an all-female cast from diverse backgrounds, including director Sanja Mitrović, channel voices of sisters dispersed across the gulfs of geography, ethnicity and culture. 

'One day they will listen to me, a woman.'

Stories of women from different parts of the world are poetically interpreted and translated into songs which question the notion of motherhood as the sole focus of female identity. In the liminal space between a world which has already ended and another yet to begin, they are an unlikely girl band celebrating female strength, resilience and determination to create space for oneself, even among harsh hardships, injustices and hostilities imposed by society. 
 
Inspired by a visit to Elefsina, the site of Eleusianian Mysteries through which the cult of Demeter and Persephone was celebrated in antiquity, Mitrović was moved to consider resonances of this ancient myth with the lives of women today. As if in a trance, Demeter Calling arrives in the form of a contemporary music ritual which continues to call for strength and wisdom in how to live one’s life to its full potential. 
 
New original music by Belgrade-based composer Marija Balubdžić takes as inspiration female chants and rhythms from various Balkan regions, forging them into slivers of glistening electronic avant-pop, broadcast from somewhere decidedly off the radar, otherworldly and resistant to categorisation.

A conversation with Sanja Mitrović

We meet with Sanja to get insight into the “making of” Demeter Calling and the inspiration behind it.

Credits

CONCEPT, TEKST & REGIE / CONCEPT, TEXTE & MISE EN SCÈNE / CONCEPT, TEXT & DIRECTION Sanja Mitrović PERFORMANCE Sanja Mitrović, Ana Naqe, Kathy Sey, Magda Ral FEATURING Istok Liefooghe Mitrović, Wolf Segelstein DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Sara Vanderieck ORIGINELE MUZIEK / MUSIQUE ORIGINALE / ORIGINAL MUSIC Marija Balubdžić MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS Marija Balubdžić & Siniša Mitrović CHOREOGRAFIE / CHORÉGRAPHIE / CHOREOGRAPHY Sanja Mitrović & Audrey Apers KOSTUUMONTWERP / CONCEPTION COSTUME / COSTUME DESIGN Ivana Kličković ONTWERP LICHT & SET / CONCEPTION DÉCOR & LUMIÈRES / SET & LIGHTING DESIGN Giacomo Gorini GELUIDSONTWERP / CONCEPTION SON / SOUND DESIGN Johannes Bellinck, Patrick Van Neck REGIE-ASSISTENTIE / ASSISTANTE À LA MISE EN SCÈNE / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Siniša Mitrović REGIE-ASSISTENTIE (stage) / ASSISTANTE À LA MISE EN SCÈNE (stage) / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (internship) Audrey Apers DRAMATURGISCH ADVIES / CONSEIL DRAMATURGIQUE / DRAMATURGICAL ADVICE Gerardo Salinas ADVIES SETONTWERP / CONSEIL CONCEPTION DÉCOR / SET DESIGN ADVICE Laurent Liefooghe ONDERZOEK / RECHERCHE / RESEARCH Tunde Adefioye PRODUCTIELEIDING / RESPONSABLE PRODUCTION / PRODUCTION MANAGER Robin Hectors SAXOFOON / SAXOPHONES Grégoire Tirtiaux PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Stand Up Tall Productions COPRODUCTIE / COPRODUCTION Perpodium, KVS UITVOEREND PRODUCENT / EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION Caravan Production RESIDENTIE / RÉSIDENCE / RESIDENCY KVS Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg MET DE STEUN VAN / AVEC LE SUPPORT DE / WITH THE SUPPORT OF The Flemish Authorities, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, de Taxshelter maatregel van de Belgische Federale Overheid in samenwerking met Casa Kafka Pictures The script contains quotes from texts by Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, Berta Cáceres and Phia Ménard.