Out of a need for profound experimental work directors Jadranka Anđelić and Dijana Milošević formed DAH Theatre in 1991. In 2003 DAH Theatre enlarged its activities by founding DAH Theatre Research Centre (DTRC) to deliver an ongoing program of workshops, lectures, seminars, guest performances and festivals. In 2008 an actress Ivana Milenovic Popovic joins the theatre, followed by (2013) Nataša Novaković, PR and organizator. In 2017 DAH Theatre changed its name in DAH Theatre International (DTI) with an idea to have collaborators with diverse international background.
DTI is a venue that has grown into a significant spot on the cultural and artistic map of Belgrade and Serbia. The work of the DTI is aimed towards a constant exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas amongst artists and participants from various theatrical and national traditions.
In the last three decades, through their work, the members of DAH Theatre have strongly opposed war and violence.
In 1991, when the war started in Yugoslavia, DAH Theatre immediately had to face these questions: “What is the role and meaning of theatre? What are the responsibilities and duties of artists in times of darkness, violence and human suffering?” The group decided to interrupt their work on the performance Gifts of Our Ancestors to begin work on a new piece that could provide them with the answers to these questions. Dah’s first performance This Babylonian Confusion was based on the songs of Bertold Brecht. An anti-war performance; it was presented outdoors in the centre of Belgrade at a time when it was forbidden to even mention the war. The motto of this performance is:
“In the dark times, will there be singing in the dark times? Yes, there will be singing about the dark times.” – B.Brecht
The forming of DAH Theatre and its cry of creation coincided with the fall of ex-Yugoslavia and the general destruction that followed. Theatre directors Jadranka Andjelic and Dijana Milosevic, together with the actress Maja Mitic, decided, perhaps subconsciously, to oppose the destruction with creation, to create, in the midst of a world falling apart, a microcosm of theatre.
– Dubravka Knezević
(“Till the Last Breath”, SCENA no. 5/6, Sept/Dec 1995)
Between 1993 and the present day the DAH Theatre has organized and produced many events including specialized workshops (Laban techniques, Alexander technique, Maga Magazinovic heritage, Stilt workshop, Buhto, Suzuki techniques, Mayerhold technique of Biomechanics, Grotowsky technique ), international festivals and meetings and has brought many important artists from around the world (Eugenio Barba and Odin Teatret – Denmark, Gennady Bogdanov – Russia, Rena Mirecka – Poland, Peter Schumann – USA, Joshi Oida – France/Japan, Shiro Daimon- France /Japan, Sonia Kehler – Germany, Jill Greenghalgh – UK, David Zinder – Israel, Ron Jenkins- SAD, 7 Stages Theatre -SAD, Bond Street Theater – USA, Stella Chiweshe – Zimbabwe, to mention just few).
All this time, DAH Theater toured throughout Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Serbia.
Also, the DTI is dedicated to various organizations and associations (non-formal initiatives, networks, association of women’s initiatives, peace organizations, groups with special needs, minority groups …) that in cooperation with us can realize their programs.
In 2003 after 12 years of work, DAH Theater got to use a space in Marulićeva Street no. 8, in Belgrade, with the support and recommendations by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Serbia, the Secretariat for Culture of the City of Belgrade and the City Secretariat for Education. In 2015 DAH Theater received an order from the City of Belgrade to leave that space. After several years of searching for a new space, DAH Theater finally found its home in Cultural Association Abrašević with the financial support of Energoprojekt, several foundations and many, many individuals without whom this would not be possible.
In 2016, DAH Theater celebrated 25 years of existence and work. The first book on DAH Theater – “DAH Theater – A Sourcebook” was published by Lexington Books, edited by Dennis Barnett, professor of drama and literature at Koi College, Iowa. Contributors in the book, text written about DAH Theatre were given by eminent artists from all over the world, but also from Serbia, and the preface was written by Eugenio Barba, the famous director and founder of Odin Theater.
Today, DAH Theatre is a dynamic art collective, whose core is made by director Diana Milošević, actress Ivana Milenović Popović and organizer Natasa Novaković, who share artistic and managerial aspects of work.