Nottingham-Sarajevo collaboration marks Bolero & the First World War Centenary

Posted on on 11 June 2014
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Nottingham and Sarajevo are marking the Centenary of the First World War with a joint theatre production.

The bond between Nottingham in England, and the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, was sealed at the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Sarajevo hosted the international sporting event, where Britons Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean won gold in ice skating.

Both are from Nottingham and trained there in preparation for the Olympics.

Famously, they won the event to the Bolero, written by Maurice Ravel in 1928.

Eight years after their victory, the stadium in which they danced was bombed during the Bosnian War.

In an effort to bridge the two stories, a Nottingham-Sarajevo collaboration has seen a theatre production, written by Michael Pinchbeck, take audience members on a journey from Paris to Sarajevo, from 1914-1994 and the First World War to the Bosnian War.

Premiering at the Nottingham Playhouse earlier this month, the six-strong cast from the UK, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Germany, supported by a local community cast, will now perform at the Sarajevo War Theatre on the 28th-29th June 2014 - the Centenary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination.

Images courtesy of Julian Hughes

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News