Free Event

Re-building The Balkans: a two-day mini-festival on Balkan culture

Past Work

Sat Feb 7th



Alcevki’s play, about a psychological experiment gone wrong at a university in Zagreb, was a 2012 finalist for the BBC International Radio Award. Manchevski’s iconoclastic feature “Mothers” captures the heartbreaking state of contemporary Macedonia through the eyes of several mothers who are everything from dedicated, neglectful, loving and absent.

Manchevski’s “Before the Rain” won the Golden Lion at Venice as well as earning a best foreign film Oscar nomination. Based in New York, Manchevski, who has published books of fiction, essays and on his photography, as well as directed an episode of The Wire, takes part in a Q&A following the screening.

According to Matthew Torney, Origin’s director of programming, “in this specially curated program of theatre and film, we present a range of work from different voices that examine the issues of rebuilding after war, and looking to the future. The unique historical context and many conflicts in the region have created a hugely fertile environment for artists.” A panel discussion on Saturday February 7 at 3pm, examines the pressures of making art in the complex environment of Southeastern Europe.  Led by Professor Larry Wolff, the Silver Professor of History and the director of the Department of European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU, the panel includes Tea Alagic (a theater director and writer from Bosnia), and Aisling Reidy (the senior legal advisor for Human Rights Watch, and a former prosecuting attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia).

Under artistic director George C. Heslin, Origin Theatre Company is the city’s only theatre company devoted to presenting the American premieres of new works by Europe’s brightest contemporary playwrights. Over the past 13 years, works by 150 playwrights have been introduced to US audiences by Origin, from such countries as Romania, Norway and the United Kingdom. The producer of the city’s only all-Irish theatre festival -- the highly acclaimed annual Origin’s 1st Irish Festival – Origin is responsible for having introduced Enda Walsh (“Once”), Mark O’Rowe (“Terminus”), and Lucy Caldwell to U.S. audiences. The NY Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the world’s most extensive combinations of circulating, reference and rare archival collections in its field, including its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as recordings, manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs and photographs.

All events are free and open to the public, on a first-come-first-serve basis.  For additional information e-mail



The New York Library for the performing Arts Lincoln Center
Bruno Walter Auditorium,

111 Amsterdam Avenue
between 64th & 65th St