“It is clear that in terms of all living art, we do not suffer much from the aspect of creativity, there is no difficult period that has not survived, so to speak about it, I do not think we are endangered in the long run. I expected more activities and involvement from the institutions “, said Irena Sterijoska at the panel discussion “Society in a pandemic, performing arts on the verge of survival” organized by CIVIL.
“The institutions somehow have fallen to sleep, I think we should have expected some initiatives from them, in no institution like a theater did they think of doing, for example, audio reading of books for the blind.”
Independent groups and organizations have shown a bigger fight and resistance in terms of the whole crisis.
I felt more resistance to the crisis that is happening to us in the independent sector, that is good because it says that artists are still alive and need to create and I hope this phase will slowly begin to loosen.
The most endangered are the people who are not employed in an institution and have survived from the budgets of independent projects, the general consensus of the theater is that we must not stop working.
“In the future, we should work to bring the audience back to our practice,” Sterijoska added.