Sanja Mitrovič

Born in Zrenjanin (Former Yugoslavia), currently based in Brussels, Sanja graduated in Japanese language and literature from the Belgrade University, and in Mime Studies from Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Mitrović works as theatre maker, performer, writer, and lecturer. She emigrated to the Netherlands in 2001. In 2009 she founded Stand Up Tall productions, a theatre company dedicated to collaborative projects in the field of socially and politically engaged practices, whose artistic director she remains. In recent years, Mitrović’s work has gained international recognition for an exploration of theatre’s relation to the social, political and cultural realities of our times. Her practice is located at the intersection of theatre, visual art, dance, and performance, and often involves work with different communities. Across projects in various formats and contexts, Mitrović has developed a documentary approach, responding to world events and performers’ own biographies. Rather then departing from a pre-mediated structure, the works result from a process of discussion and creative exchange between participants. Mitrović has been a resident artist at Theater Gasthuis (2006-08) and Het Veem Theater (2008-2011), both in Amsterdam, as well as at Festival a/d Werf in Utrecht (2011- 12). Her works have been commissioned, co-produced or presented at international festivals and venues, including Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), BITEF Festival (Belgrade), Theater Spektakel (Zürich), Tanzquartier (Vienna), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), European Capital of Culture (Portugal), Festival International Mettre en Scène (Rennes), La Comédie de Reims, and Teatro Nacional São João (Porto). Her new performance with the working title The Last Picture Show will premiere in 2016.