Sanja Mitrović is born in Zrenjanin (Former Yugoslavia), currently based in Brussels (Belgium) and Amsterdam (The Netherlands). She graduated in Japanese language and literature from the Belgrade University, and in Mime Studies from Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. Mitrović works as theatre maker, performer, writer, and lecturer. She emigrated to the Netherlands in 2001. In 2009 she founded Stand Up Tall Productions, a theatre company dedicated to collaborative projects in the field of socially and politically engaged practices, whose artistic director she remains.
In recent years, Mitrović’s work has gained international recognition for an exploration of theatre’s relation to the social, political and cultural realities of our times. Her practice is located at the intersection of theatre, visual art, dance, and performance, and often involves work with different communities. Across projects in various formats and contexts, Mitrović has developed a documentary approach, responding to world events and performers’ own biographies. Rather then departing from a pre-mediated structure, the works result from a process of discussion and creative exchange between participants.
Mitrović has been a resident artist at Theater Gasthuis (2006-08) and Het Veem Theater (2008-2011), both in Amsterdam, as well as at Festival a/d Werf in Utrecht (2011-12). Her works have been commissioned, co-produced or presented at international festivals and venues, including Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), BITEF Festival (Belgrade), Theater Spektakel (Zürich), Tanzquartier (Vienna), SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), European Capital of Culture (Portugal), Festival International Mettre en Scène (Rennes), La Comédie de Reims, and Teatro Nacional São João (Porto).
Sanja regulary teaches drama and documentary theatre at the Brussels Royal Institue for Theatre, Cinema and Sound, as a guest professor. Between 2017 and 2019 she will be artist-in-resident at Centre Dramatique National Orleans in France.
Stand Up Tall Productions
The main aim of Stand Up Tall Productions (SUTP) is to produce and present projects in the field of contemporary theatre and dance, and a range of accompanying activities including workshops, lectures, public discussions and publications. The work that interests us is socially and politically engaged theatre (in collaboration with another disciplines) which reflects the processes of change within European society. We are focused on issues of relevance to broader transnational framework, such as immigration, political and cultural integration, nationalism, and social and economic relations. Accordingly, the company has beside local, strong international character and it aims not only at the regular theatre audience but intends to reach across different social and cultural demographics.
Founder and artistic director: Sanja Mitrović
Tour management and production BE: Liesbeth Stas
Tour management and production NL: Martha van Meegen
Dramaturgy: Jorge Palinhos
Technique: Jasper Hopman, Wouter Jupon, Saul Mombaerts