Women at the Front (working title) is a new international theatre collaboration for WW100 between Ake Ake Theatre Company NZ and Sanja Krsmanovic Tasic (Dah Teatar) Serbia. Funded by Creative NZ.
Women at the Front honours women's role in the front lines of the First World War, in particular Dr Jessie Scott and Dr Agnes Bennett, two of New Zealand's first women war surgeons. Unable to serve with their country as doctors, they joined the Scottish Women's Hospitals and were sent to the Serbian Front, 1915. Our Serbian heroine is Sergeant Sofija Jovanovic, decorated woman soldier of the Serbian Army.
Swirling with movement, dance and traditional song Women at the Front premieres in Belgrade this September and opens in New Zealand at the Otago Arts Festival, Dunedin, in October.
Supported by DANZ (Dance Aotearoa NZ) the company will lead workshops in high schools for senior dance and drama students on these unsung women medical pioneers and on themes of theatre as a tool for political debate and non-violent conflict resolution.