Cellist of Sarajevo
‘The Cellist of Sarajevo’ is the Bank Windhoek Arts Festival’s main commissioned work for the year. The musical story is based on a historical event in 1992 during the Bosnian Civil War. During the war, a bomb killed 22 people queuing in a food line for bread. A man with an ordinary cello by the name of Vendran Smailovic, challenged an insane civil and military community engaged in a cruel civil war, by playing Albinoni’s Adagio for 22 days. During that time, a war-torn Sarajevo and the whole world became still.
The performance is directed by Prof Aldo Behrens.