February 08, 2017

BOOK LAUNCH FOR GRADIMIR GOJER IN BELGRADE

Two books by Gradimir Gojer were launched at the Belgrade Center for Cultural Decontamination: Summa theatralica and Pjesni iz Vallarse [Poems from Vallarsa], published by the Gariwo NGO Kaleidoscope imprint. Borka Pavićević, dramaturge, Gorčin Stojanović, theater director, and Saša Ćirić, literary critic, spoke about Gojer's creative opus.

Borka Pavićević said of the book Summa theatralica that it was written in the original language, the language spoken on stage, making the book conceptually accessible and appealing. "This is language which doesn't retell the play, but holds forth with a very rare appreciation for detail, speaking about the entire intellectual apparatus or setting of a performance. Interesting that in some of Gojer's critiques he starts from the stage set, while in others he starts from the text, and yet others, from the actor. Each time his review is a long-form critique addressing in every way the body of the performance and striving to motivate me, the reader, as a potential audience member, to see the play."

Through Summa theatralica, Gojer "exercises his freedom and does not allow anyone else to wrest it from him and that is why he does not find it difficult to say, fiercely and without compromise, exactly how things stand. With his wholistic approach, Gradimir Gojer always seeks the whole, because he, himself, is a theater director, and if he doesn't find it he finds a detail that can serve as a synecdoche or something from which the whole may emerge," said Gorčin Stojanović.

The author himself drew attention to the fact that in theater today the general question of writing looms large. This problem does not face only theater criticism: "People today who undertake to write something about the theater are precious for the very fact of their writing; society neglects the theater. Not only financially, but also in terms of writing.

Literary critic Saša Ćirić presented Gojer as, "a traditional poet who follows tradition from Romanticism to the legacy of Modernism, establishing a dialogue with the poetic greats from Dante and Petrarch to a number of poets who are part of Serbian poetry. Several of the poems appear to spring from the tradition of antiquity, they represent diary entries written during travel or in certain places, from Italy through our lands. Here, too,  Gojer sets up a good and productive relationship between the spirit of the place and the spirit of the poem itself."

Although she was unable to attend the launch, Svetlana Broz, Gariwo director, sent a letter in which she congratulated Gojer on his major anniversaries of forty years of work in the theater and twenty years as a writer. "As an illustration of Gojer's tireless work I wish to note that just over these last four months Gojer's book Summa theatralica was honored with the Award of the Critics' Roundtable at the Risto Šiškov Chamber Theater Festival in Strumica, Macedonia; Đelo Jusić composed music for the ballet Omer and Merima to Gojer's libretto and it was premiered by the Sarajevo National Theater, and recently a play opened in Sarajevo based on Good People in an Evil Time, adapted and directed by Gradimir Gojer," said Broz.

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