Dramaturgy is an act of controlling drama or stage performance of a performance event.
Dramaturgy could also be explained as a free fall of sense per cubic centimeter of time. It always includes space, time, movement, story / stories and agents of changes.
The fundamental question of dramaturgy could then be: who controls the drama, action, or course of events within the performance? Is it a writer or a director or a performer or light, or music or text? Who does what and what is the role of the audience? Are there any public at all in the end? For what? For whom? Who is watching?


The term "porous", borrowed from physics, metaphorically marks two-way communication between performers and audiences. This communication, on the other hand, implies a deviation from the fixed structure of the dramatic event and the release of space for unplanned and unforeseen events. A special focus of "Porous Dramaturgy" is the question of whether such theater models can enable deeper engagement in the contemplation and empowerment of the community, not just temporary ones, which arise in the theatrical event but in the community in
the current geo-political reality.

In this performance event Boris Bakal and Leo Vukelic will deconstruct their performance “Battle of Neretva” and reconstruct the process of its making. “Battle of Neretva” is a show which Shadow Casters made in Zagreb in January 2016 and was already presented by more than 15 international festivals in the region of SouthEast Europe. Historically speaking, the Battle of Neretva was the crucial and turning point in the Second World War anti fascist fight against Croatian, Serbian, Italian, Hungarian and German fascists and after winning this battle Yugoslavian partisan won the war in 1945. almost without any help from USSR or US. Also in 1969 Yugoslavian film “Battle of Neretva” (Neretva is river in Bosnia and Herzegovina) was nominated for the Academy Award Oscar.

Boris Bakal is a theatre/film director and actor, intermedia artist, curator, writer, educationist and public historian. He authored numerous projects, performances, lectures, installations and multimedia creations in more than 20 states across Europe as well in Asia, Africa and US. His work is marked, among other, by pronounced exploration of the site/time-specific and the interactive elements of arts and culture. He was visiting scholar/researcher at many universities and co-founded several artistic and activist platforms and associations, e.g. Flying University, Orchestra Stolpnik and Bacači Sjenki/Shadow Casters, the artistic platform that has won numerous awards, recognitions and prizes for their work.

Leo Vukelić was born in 1972 in Zagreb, Croatia. After primary and secondary education, he studied electrical engineering and in 1996 he started the study of painting at the Art Academy in Zagreb. In 2000 he went to Germany to study sculpture in Dusseldorf, where he graduated in free arts in 2004 and moved back to Zagreb. In Zagreb, with two colleges founded the art organization Tiger theatre and begins to deal with the production of theatre for children and youth. Since then has made the stage design, costumes, video, light design, writes the lyrics and directed nearly 100 different professional theatre projects for children and youth in their home organization, and in most theatres in Croatia. Along with theatre work, he is active on the contemporary art scene and has realized over 20 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions. For his artistic work has received several awards. Since 2006 he was employed as artistic director and producer of the Children's Theatre Dubrava in Zagreb, and since 2008 he became a member of the executive committee HC Assitej – International Network for the Children Theatre.The same year he started international project, European Theatre Night which involved 10 European countries and over 300 Theatre Institutions. The project is designed as a one-day theatre festival when the theatre all over EU and Croatia are devising bigger and richer program for its regular, but also new audience. Today he is a President of ASSITEJ Croatia and works as a freelance artist and Project Manager, mostly in theatre for children and youth. Since 2013 he is member of Shadow Casters both as author of the projects but also performer in almost all new productions, e.g. Battle on Neretva, Urban Hum, Father Courage and others.

The Battle of Neretva lecture performance is a part of hypertextuality of quotidian / lateral thinking of everything research visit, an extension of city_hypertext multidisciplinary program, realized in 1-7 october 2015 by ajz collective / AM and Shadow Casters / Bacači Sjenki / CR in the frames of the “Regional Art and Culture Program in the South Caucasus”. Program was managed by the Culture and Management Lab with financial support of the Swiss Cooperation Office for the South Caucasus (SCO). hypertextuality of quotidian / lateral thinking of everything program is made in collaboration with nest artists residency and community center and Studio 20, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Croatia.

Program curator: Taguhi Torosyan