Friday, February 25, 2011

SKYWATCH FRIDAY-The theater in a church

BITEF theater is "... is an avant-garde theatre situated within a picturesque interior of a restructured Evangelistic church in the centre of Belgrade. ... its aim has been to spread Bitef festival influence which is reflected in discovering new theatre trends in Serbia, and in providing space for the artists who break traditional forms of artistic expression."

If you're concerned that a theater should not be on holy ground, this site goes on to say "The building of this edifice, financed and built by the German minority in Serbia, was started in 1940. The seal on a saved document remains as a sole evidence of the original purpose: it was meant to house a German Evangelist-Christian church. The process was brought to a standstill in 1942. As it was never either finished or sanctified, it has never acquired a status of a religious object."

BITEF stands for Belgrade International Theater Festival.

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11 comments:

Gaelyn said...

Church or no, it's just nice there is a location for artistic expression.

Luis Gomez said...

What a great image!

Lorac said...

Very good angle. The light and the cross bring your eye to the sky.

Lynette said...

You made a good choice for your perspective in this photo. Interesting text, too.

Alexa said...

I like the perspective too—and have no problem with a theater in a church, consecrated or otherwise.

forgetmenot said...

Beautiful picture. I love the buildings and the lamp in the front is awesome. Mickie

Modern Mom said...

Gorgeous shot.

My entry.

Soma said...

If only more churches were transformed into theaters...

Kim, USA said...

Wow never seen like this before a theater in a church. Great information and thank you. Happy weekend!
Full Moon

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

I've noted a number of former churches in the US have been turned into similar venues. Great idea!

Can't imagine that in 2011 people still believe that brick and mortar can be somehow "sanctified" by the imposition of water or smoke or verbiage.

But, to each his/her own. :-)

Virginia said...

I'd like to see inside. Would you take me in?
V