Sisters in arms: Women in war times



EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2014. EAEA hands out the yearly EAEA Grundtvig Award to a successful European learning partnership. This year's theme for the award was "Remembering World War I for the Future – Adult Education promoting Peace and Cohesion in Europe".

The article series spreads good practices by introducing the nominees of EAEA Grundtvig Award 2014.

The project "Sisters in Arms" is an "essay in movement" – a new form of performance invented by performance artist Sanja Krsmanovic Tasic. It comes with endnotes explaining parts of the performance to the audience, including historical facts and elements and rituals from distant cultures. The project competed in the category "World War I remembrance initiative".

War from a woman's perspective

The piece "Tales of Bread and Blood" based on true stories of the ancestors of the artist, has inspired artists from New Zealand, to create a new piece called "Sisters in Arms" together with Sanja and her newly formed theatre company. It is a Serbian and New Zealand co-production, together with the project "Women at the Front" that researches the involvement of women in the WWI.

It is a piece with a strong antiwar message which analyses the war, its causes and outcomes from a woman's perspective. The tours from the group of artists included workshops for participants of all ages, based on the traditions of culture, art, dance and music of two countries and their backgrounds, Serbia and New Zealand.

Through the eyes of women have an insight on the war from a different angle, the personal angle of a women/creator of life, in the midst of destruction and death. The stories presented have been discovered after a lengthy and detailed research on the theme, and they are stories of the Maori, ANZAK and Serbian soldiers, all fighting in WWI.

A powerful message

The piece had a profound impact in two ways first, the emotional impact on the audience, coming from the artistic performance. Secondly, the educational impact, together with the interactive part, the audience had to choose the endnotes and got an explanation of the performance and more insight in the creative process of the artists.

This form of performance art is new provocative and interesting for all generations and above all, carries a strong message against xenophobia and wars of any kind.

Sisters in arms project

Project partners

Contact the coordinator

CEDEUM - Centre for Drama/Theatre in Education and Art


The trailer of the performance Tales of Bread and Blood

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