Borut Separovic

Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1967. He graduated in Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb. He is the artistic director, author, theater-maker and choreographer of the Croatian performance group Montazstroj. In his theater work he has intensively and continuously dealt with different social, and media phenomena (football, chauvinism, contemporary transitional mythologies, and most recently, terrorism). Reactions to his performances were either very positive or negative, but certainly never in between. During this entire period he conducted a large number of workshops and guest lectures in different countries (Croatia, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Serbia, Montenegro…) He is currently an active participant of the artistic-research program DasArts — Advanced Studies in Performing Arts in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Project “Timbuktu” is dedicated to Max, his dearest companion, and created for Katarina, my 11 year old daughter.

Max & Katarina

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Not all stories have happy endings. There are comedies but there are also tragedies. This is not either one. This is just one quite unusual love story, about the love of a homeless and his dog. And whereas the story itself may not end happily, the show offers a possibility of a completely new happy end – the possibility of adopting a dog.

Paul Auster wrote the novel Timbuktu in 1999. in America. Nine years later Montažstroj performance group is staging it in Croatia, transforming it thus from novel to monologue… a monologue for a dog on stage, spoken by an actor from the audience. Because dogs, at least in this world, can’t speak… yet. Nor in America nor in Croatia. Although maybe they’d like to. The main character of Auster’s novel Mr. Bones would certainly like to do so. That’s his wish #2 (you can only try and guess his wish #1… and, no, it’s not dog biscuits). So, although in the novel his wish stays unfulfilled, in this staging he does speak – indeed in this staging he becomes the main storyteller. Cause, although in Croatia and in America not everything is possible, in theater it most certainly is. Even that the dog speaks…
Mr. Bones speaks to us of his and his masters’ faith. Since his master is not in contact with any human beings, after he leaves this world Mr. Bones remains the only one that can tell us their story.

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