About the Grant

$35,000 to support THE ILIAD PROJECT: DOGSBODY (MAP 2007), a collaboration between director Dijana Milosevic and Theatre of Yugen's Artistic Associate playwright Erik Ehn in the creation of an original theatrical work to premiere at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2009.

About the Project

Theatre of Yugen will develop a new theatrical work inspired by Homer’s The Iliad in collaboration with director Dijana Milosevic, founder of Serbia’s DAH Teatar in Belgrade, and playwright and Yugen Artistic Associate Erik Ehn. Theatre of Yugen’s ensemble will team with young actors in an investigation of the increasing wartime practice of using child soldiers.
For over 29 years Theatre of Yugen’s work has developed its own organic fusion of traditional Japanese theater forms (Noh and Kyogen) with western sensibility, incorporating traditionally-based dance and contemporary music with poetic text. Diana Milosevic brings her direct experience with the issues of war and its impact on children through her award-winning social/political work stemming from her country’s violent Serbo-Croatian war in the early 1990’s. Erik Ehn is deeply engaged in social activism specifically in regards to genocide, through his theater work with survivors in Rwanda. The ensemble will look to Homer’s The Iliad, the ultimate bible of war, to provide a foundation for the theatrical base of the project, while an examination of our current and future era’s culture of child armies is the particular focus of the work. 

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