SYLVAIN PRUDHOMME

Volim te, Niš !

Obviously, there is a Wall of Love in Niš !  

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two big krokodiles (at least) on stage

Antique performances of Aristophane's Birds or Eschyle's Persians must have been something looking like this, mustn't they? Okay, in Athens they probably used to start earlier in the evening, there was probably no artificial light, probably no microphones, and obviously no crocodiles on stage. But so many people gathering to listen to litterature every evening: Krokodil festival was just amazing. Beautiful moment to hear the bosnian writer Adullah Sidran reading his poems. Sometimes you don't even need to understand the words: you just listen to the voice of the old guy;  you just watch...

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epic

"We Serbians can't help being epic!". I was having a coffee with Vladimir Arsenijevic and Ana Pejovic, my wonderful hosts in this Krokodil adventure, and Vladimir had that very funny (and probably quite true) statement - maybe not exactly these words but that was the idea. "In architecture, in litterature, in whatever we do, even in coffee or pasta, we Serbians always become epic!" He was making fun of this trend of course, and opposed it to the Czech way of thinking, for instance, completely different according to him: the like for small things, small stories, loosers humour, loosers stories,...

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il padrino in belgrade

Sometimes you're just walking here and there, and at once a miracle happens. Not a big miracle. But a tiny one, you would like to happen again and again. I met this guy on Despota Stefana boulevard. No: first i heard him. I heard his trumpet playing amzingly the Godfather's theme. So smoothly. With so much emotion in it. I didn't manage to record him. It was already over, and maybe it's better like this. Record a miracle? Come on. I just managed to catch a bit of his music a few seconds later. He was already playing someting else. And his Godfather theme will forever remain untouched,...

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the two georges

I both met them just walking around, not far from the Palilula area where the residence's flat is located. The first Georges was lying on a sign in a quite remote and industrial street near the Danube bank. I was having an expresso on a terrace when i tried to read the name of the street. And i suddenly realized that it was a very french name: Oulitsa Georges Clémenceau! A few hours later, the same thing happen. I wanted to know the name of the Boulevard I was strolling on. And I realized it was named after an other Georges, also famous (and obviously more famous than the french one, since...

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street showers

  Try them on Despota Stefana Boulevard. In the wintertime they might be a little cold, but now they're just hmmm.  

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other fans (stamping ones)

Pity that i have no sound recorder here. I would have post a sample of the huge noise i can hear from my window, three hundred meters away from the gymnasium. Basket-ball fans singing all with one voice, stamping on the tiers all together in rythm, first slowly, then accelerating, accelerating again and again. Among several remarkable places around the residence's flat, the closest is probably the Pionir Sport Complex. A massive gymnasium which i now know can be crowded on big events such as tonight, with the Partizan basket-ball team playing against the Red Star. This is the third game of the play-offs,...

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and in belgrade I became a roland-garros viewer

From the moment I sat in the plane to Beograd, tennis was there. There were no screens on board, but the speaker after a while asked us all passengers to clap: the tennis champion Ana Ivanovic was in the plane. I could guess she was coming back from Roland-Garros. It was quite early in the tournament, which obviously meant she had not succeeeded very well this year. But she was Ana Ivanovic, wasn't she? So we all clapped for her, quite loudly. Then in the streets of Belgrade i became a Roland-Garros viewer. I had not expected this, i don't watch that much Roland Garros when i'm in France, i very...

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