Did we fight for the Croatia we have today? – A play reported on by global media outlets, CNN and Reuters, offered an answer to a question asking who exactly represents Croatia, what kind of country do we want and love, in which moment do we win, and when are we forced to admit defeat.

The Croatian football theater MONTAЖ$TROJ stepped onto the stage of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb on January 24th, 2010 – a gilded symbol of high national culture. The football became a metaphor and a fertile framework for juxtaposing national success myths with the contemporary social reality in this dance anti-spectacle.

The axis of the play MY HEART BEATS FOR HER was the reconstruction of the spectacular Croatian victory over England, resulting in 3:2 at the Wembley Stadium on November 21st, 2007. In this reconstruction, the heroes of this most important secondary issue in the world aren’t footballers but – women. In the first halftime, eleven young dancers simulated through choreography the movements of Croatian team members, attempting to revive the national euphoria linked with football. In the second halftime, the places of the dancers were taken over by 11 women from the unemployment bureau. The unemployed women in Croatian team jerseys represented themselves, that it, they spoke about their situation in the labor market, portraying many more reasons in favor of national shame, than national pride dictated by successes in football. It is the authentic experience of unemployed women that points towards the spuriousness of the theater and its impotence before social insensitivity, crude capitalism, gender inequality and the dizzying number of people unemployed in Croatia.



Concept and direction: Borut Šeparović / Dramaturgy: Oliver Frljić / Choreography: Tamara Curić, Larisa Lipovac, Borut šeparović / Trainer: Darjan Delač / Performers: First halftime: Adriana Josipović, Ana Stunić, Ana Vilenica, Antonia Matković, Daria Karić, Helvecia Tomić, Iva Morandini-Plovanić, Martina Car, Martina Tomić, Nataša Mihoci, Petra Milojković, Rina Kotur; Second halftime: Antoaneta Boras-Vidov, Brigita Sajko, Davorka Drvodelić, Lela Lujanac Kerdić, Mirjana Kalinger, Nada Kos Balen, Renata Petrović, Sanja Plepelić, Silva Cirković, Sonja Cirković, Vasiljka Martinović, Zrinka Banić-Tomišić / Live music: Tomo in der Muhlen, Tin Ostreš / Voices: Filip Brkić, Goran Vučević (RTL television, November 21st, 2007) / Lighting design: Miljenko Bengez / Sound technician: Alen Smajić / Graphic design: Zoran Đukić / Photography: Damir Žižić / Internet support: Vedran Gulin, Proximity ZG / Public relations: Dinka Bujas and Ana Mikin / Production leadership: Borut Šeparović (Montažstroj), Tamara Curić (Tala) / Project financed by: City Office for Culture, Education and Sports (ZG), City Office for Social Protection and Disabled Persons (ZG), Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia / Project supported by: Croatian Football Association, Zagreb Fair, Center for Independent Culture and Youth, Generalturist, Proximity Zagreb, Croatian Bureau of Employment / Media coverage: Radio 101, Jutarnji list, / Production: MONTAЖ$TROJ, Tala Dance Center