Last year, Una Djelošević from Serbia was one of the participants of the “Tavrida 5.0” Youth Forum in Crimea. An actress, choreographer, and an employee of the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, she not only got to visit Russia for the first time but also attend the course by Nikita Mikhalkov’s School of Acting. In an interview, she shared her memories about the forum.
As Una says, it wasn’t the beauty of Moscow, Crimea or the Black Sea that impressed her the most during the trip to Russia, but the people that she got to meet and communicate with during the seven days of the forum. Una speaks Russian fluently so she quickly got along with her Russian colleagues.
“I gained a lot of experience at ‘Tavrida’ and Nikita Mikhalkov’s School. We had great mentors and I especially enjoyed working with Joseph Brodsky’s poetry. It was a truly invaluable experience to analyze and interpret the texts of the famous poet together with a competent specialist, enthusiast, and a native speaker,” the delegate of the “New Generation” recalls.
Another thing she loved about the forum was the opportunity to interact with high-level officials and figures that play an important role in Russian culture. “I remember the visit by then Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky. All the artists, participants of the forum, could calmly and openly talk to him. I think that it’s this format that can move the cultural development in the right direction,” Una says. “Or take the incredible meeting with the Bolshoi Theater’s director Vladimir Urin! It’s such a large and famous theater which works for centuries and is known around the world. And we had an opportunity to speak directly with its main man!”
According to the Serbian actress, being able to immerse herself into the Russian-speaking creative environment and communicate freely with the top professionals of the global theater industry helped her see things from another perspective. For instance, she was very impressed by how hard-working her Russian colleagues are. Working with the students from Serbia, Una noted how careless they tend to be towards the profession. The youth thinks that it’s enough to graduate from the Academy of Arts to consider oneself a great figure. “An artist should learn and develop all his life. That’s the attitude that I saw among my colleagues at the forum,” Una notes.
Yet, the most important thing about “Tavrida”, for Una, was a chance to meet so many educated and intellectual people. “This makes me think how many like-minded people are there in the world. They share the same interests, face the same problems, and enjoy the same things as we do,” she points out.
Una would love to visit Russia again, when it’s possible. But next time she’d like to travel by train and see as many remote places of the country as possible, even if it takes a whole month. “It’d be amazing! I hope I will manage to do it some time in the future,” she says.