Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo

Dina Abazovic had a very good presentation of her master's thesis Tuesday the 16th of September. You can see it all on video here.

Amidst the bombing of Sarajevo in 1993 the American writer Susan Sontag directed up Samuel Becketts' "Waiting for Godot" at the city's youth theatre. What does this mean for us today? Dina Abazovic asks in her master's thesis.

Sarajevo was occupied for over three years during the 90s. Thousands were killed, and people had to live in very straitened circumstances. Yet Susan Sontag travelled to the town for weeks at a time, to set up the play "Waiting for Godot". This play brings out the absurdity of war, and Abazovic sees several parallels between the play and the siege of Sarajevo. An example Abazovic highlights is how the town centre can be seen as a stage, with mountains surrounding an amphitheater where people are shot down on the stage.

She also talks about conditions during the setup when resources were very scarce: The actors had to walk many kilometres to get to rehearsal, they had little food, and used candles for lighting. Only the first act of the play was staged in Sarajevo. This was partly due to lack of resources, but perhaps also because meaninglessness becomes even stronger in the second act. The first act was enough for a nation at war.

In addition to telling this fascinating story, Abazovic also talked about the process of writing a thesis. There are many great tips and some advice for you who are writing your thesis, or plan to do so later.

See the whole presentation here:

Click here to view the slides that was shown during the presentation.

Picture of Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)