Balkans | Ballerina Strbo clings to life in her art of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Selma Strbo, a young girl during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, said she managed to get away from the grim reality of war thanks to ballet, which still keeps her alive today.

Strbo, who has been interested in ballet for 32 years in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, spoke about the difficult war years and the values ​​art added to his life to an AA reporter.

Strbo expressed that she did not boycott ballet lessons in Sarajevo, which was besieged by Serbian forces during the war, saying: “I did not give up my love for ballet. Even the war could not prevent it.” He said.

“My mother asked me if I wanted to go to the ballet lessons she saw in the newspaper advertisement,” said Strbo, 45, who has been performing as a ballerina for 26 years at the Sarajevo National Theatre. “I also confirmed. I loved dancing.” He said.

Everything stopped when the war began, Strabo went on to explain:

“I don’t remember how it happened, but at that time I met a girl from the class. Her father said that the former ballet teacher wanted to continue the lessons. We found an empty classroom. We held lessons for about a month by holding on to fireplaces. Then one day a mortar exploded in the place Close. We took a break from lessons because of fear. Then, somehow, the lessons continued, and we were enrolled in the school. “

“Thanks to the ballet, we got away from reality for a little while”

The ballet helped them in the war, Strabo said, “The ballet was like an altered reality. We started to get on stage. Our audience felt the same. We were 1.5 hours away from reality thanks to the ballet, and when we got out, the mortar attacks continued.” Use his statements.

Strbo mentioned that they took a break from ballet during periods of intense mortar attacks and said: “I don’t forget the summer of 1994, in the middle of the war. I was 17 then. I was doing ballet on stage. I was befriending ballerinas older than me. That’s when I realized I’m grown up.” He said.

Noting that ballet is of great importance in his life, Strbo said, “No matter what happens in my life, whether positive or negative, I have to go on stage. The most important thing for a ballerina is to have fun on stage. I feel like I was born on stage “. Use his statements.

Having lost the young man he loved in the war, Strabo stated, “It was very painful for me. He was about 17 years old. When I looked out the window, I saw that they were carrying his dead body.” He said.

He donated his property to the museum

Explaining that he wanted his story to continue to “live on”, Strbo said he donated the photographs, ballet shoes, newspaper scripts and the ballet play to the Museum of Crime Against Humanity and Genocide in Sarajevo.

Noting that the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina should not be forgotten, Strbo said, “Museums are very important institutions. People’s personal belongings are displayed here. There is a table where a teacher was killed while teaching. Very hot.” He said.


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