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Written by
Elvira Mujčić
Directed by:
Valentina Bartolo
Interpreted by:
Valentina Bartolo, Silvia Grande, Giulia Valenti
Thania Micheli
Music and Sound:
Black Fluo + Gianmaria Zanda
With the collaboration of:
Chiasso, culture in movimento
Special thanks to:
Daniele Luzzini
Sacha Galli


Memory is fine ash that covers childhood notebooks and those dreams which animated them. Its thin layer covers old wounds. But at times just a smell, a sound, a breeze can disclose what was buried time ago and transforms memory into a spark, it explodes into the present and obliges one to square and catch up with the past. With what marked us and from what we run away from.

The notebooks of Nisveta has at the centre of its story a young woman close to her thirties. Her existence is marked by a double vertigo: on one side a moment in full economical crisis obsessed towards an assured career in a society of constant identity crisis’. On the otherside it is marked by a different fear, by unspeakable emotions, by extreme violence, by war.

Nisveta, Bosnian, is a lawyer. She has constructed a new life a long time after the war in Jugoslavia in a country not of her own mixing herself with other people and leaving no trace of her past.

One morning she goes to work and descends into the underground. There, plunged into neon light, something unexpected happens which opens a box of events buried and hidden since a long time ago. In front of a forgotten reality and pieces of a lost puzzle she will be obliged to face her own ghost, still alive and biting, and where a sister who is imprinted in a faded image becomes the fundamental channel with her own most intimate story.

A path to take and that without doing so she’d risk to find herself in a “permanent present”, detached from her real past.
On stage three women: Nisveta and the figures she evokes in a whirlpool ring of emotions.

The audience will fulfil an own journey through Nisveta’s eyes. She will be confronted with questions which define our existence and it will be clear that only the relationship with the other and with the past can make us become aware and free individuals .

It’s our choice.

Elvira Mujčić


Elvira was born in Serbia in 1980 an lived in Srebrenica, Bosnia, up to 1992 when she started to wonder away from her country to stabilize herself, finally, in Rome. She graduated in Languages and Foreign literature. Now she is a writer and literature translater, she has written theatre plays (out of others Ballata per un assedio with Simone Gandolfo), essays, poetry and reports for various Italian reviews. For Baldani, Castoldi & Dalai she translated into Italian “Il letto di Frida” by Slavenka Drakulić and for Zandonai editions “Il nostro uomo sul campo” ba Robert Perišić. With Infinito editions she published “Al di là del caos. Cosa rimane dopo Srebrenica (2007), E se faud avesse avuto la dinamite? (2009), the e-book Sarajevo: la storia di un piccolo tradimento (2011) and La lingua di Ana (2012). She participated in different literature festivals in Italy and abroad, Festival della letteratura di Mantova, Festival Pordeneonelegge, Festival Olbia che legge, La fiera più libri più liberi of Rome, Chiassoletteraria of Chiasso, Switzerland.

Preface by Elvira:
Every time that I go back to write about certain themes and certain events that conditioned my existence, I find myself curbed in a net of memories, emotions and feelings which I didn’t even know they were still there, inside of me, buried by normal everyday life. The notebooks of Nisveta gave me the opportunity again to descend into depth, find something and even without giving it sense, at least to see it from another point of view. The whole story runs around a phrase of Nisveta: “the fact is that one never really goes away completely, but one can’t go back either. That’s the drama of emigrating”. Identity, memory, removal, research, conflict, are all easy aspects to comprehend when they are positioned in that “middle dimension” a place from which I never really went away from but at the same time impossible to even go back to. A place destined to an eternal interior exile.
It’s an uncertain world and only a small thing can be enough to break everything; for Nisveta it’s someone who pronounces wrongly her name or doesn’t know where her country lies. Just a song is enough, heard in an underground thousands of kilometers away from home, to open the doors of the past, re-experience war and put everything up for discussion again. But this “middle dimension” is also a world full of life, identities, consciousness, language and thoughts. It’s full of possibilites.