Miroslav Benka

Miroslav Benka
Miroslav Benka
Born Miroslav Benka
22 April 1956 (1956-04-22) (age 55)
Ašanja, Vojvodina,
Occupation director and screenwriter
Years active 1990-present
Spouse Vlasta Benková
Children Oleg
Awards 1991 The Best young director “Jurislav Korenic” award
1991 The Best experiment in contemporary theatre award
1994 State Prize for directing of author's performance Soft Dreams (Union dramatic Arts of Slovakia, Bratislava)
1995 TV BG –TV NS, (Award of National TV RTS)
1999 Golden Mark of Union Culture&Edukation
2006 Grand Prix (24th International Theatre Festival Fadjr 2006, Tehran [1], Iran)
2007 Award for Best Scenography, Nominated for Best Performance award, Nominated for Best Director award (19th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre 2007, Egypt)

Miroslav Benka (Serbian Cyrillic: Мирослав БЕНКА) (born April 22, 1956) is a Serbian screenwriter, actor, director and a designer.

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Life and work

He was born in Ašanja in Vojvodina (ex Yugoslavia) in a Slovak family. He graduated from the College of Applied Arts in design and from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Acting Department. He also graduated from the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade, Directing Department. Benka was guest professor at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Bratislava and International University in Novi Pazar, as well as a Director and Artistic Director of the City Drama Theatre in Zilina, Slovak Republic and Managing director and Artistic director of National Theatre Sterija in Vrsac and Managing director and Artistic director of Vrsac Autumn Theatre Festival, Yugoslavia. Benka directed as many as 60 theatrical performances classical and contemporary playwrights. He directed documentaries films and advertisements, TV shows, music clips, radio dramas and multimedia – ambience projects (Lux in Tenebris made in one of the most beautiful Castles Bojnice).

With his performance suuccessfully participated in Belgrade International Theatre Festival – BITEF, in Novi Sad Sterija’s Theatre Festival in Sarajevo MESS, in Ljubljana EX PONTO, in Zagreb Dance Week Festival, in Užice Yugoslav Theatre Festival, in Prešov Slovak Theatre Festival, in Divadelná Nitra, as well as Austria, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, Iran, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Yugoslavia...

Significant work in the physical theatre (S.O.S., Mäkké Sny (Soft Dreams), Panem et Circenses (Bread and Plays), Maľované inovaťou (Painted in Frost), Obrazy môjho sveta (Images of My World). In almost all of his performances he is the author of total design. He exhibited at the World Stage Design Exhibition of Quadrienalle in Prague. Other exhibitions include: Ours in Prague – Gallery Progres, Belgrade, Yustat – Biennale of Stage Design, Museum of Art and Crafts, Belgrade and Triennale of Theatre Scenography and Costume Design, Novi Sad.

Selected performances - director

  • 1991: S.O.S. (Save Our Souls) by Miroslav Benka
  • 1994: Lux in Tenebris by Miroslav Benka
  • 1994: Soft Dreams (Mäkké sny) by Miroslav Benka
  • 1998: Kamen za pod glavu by Milica Novković
  • 2004: Bread and Plays (Panem et Circenses) by Miroslav Benka
  • 2008: Painted in Frost (Oslikano injem) by Miroslav Benka
  • 2009: Images of My World (Slike moga sveta) by Miroslav Benka
  • 2010: On the Wings of Dreams by Miroslav Benka
  • 2011: Abode/Bydlisko/Obitavaliste by Miroslav Benka

Selected awards

  • 1991: The Best young director “Jurislav Korenic” award / MESS, Sarajevo
  • 1991: The Best experiment in contemporary theatre award / MESS, Sarajevo
  • 1994: State Prize for directing of author's performance Soft Dreams / Union of Dramatic Artist of Slovakia, Bratislava
  • 1994: The Best Director / 2nd Vrsac Autumn Theatre Festival, Vršac
  • 1995: The Best Director / 45th Festival of profesional Theatre of Vojvodina, Vršac
  • 1995: TV BG –TV NS / Award of National TV RTS, Belgrade
  • 1998: The Best Director / 48th Festival of Profesional Theatre of Vojvodina, Sremska Mitrovica
  • 1999: Golden Mark of Union Culture & Education, Belgrade
  • 2001: Special Award for Directing & Dramaturgy / 51st Festival of Profesional Theatre of Vojvodina, Vršac
  • 2001: The Best Scenography / 51st Festival of Profesional Theatre of Vojvodina, Vršac
  • 2006: Grand Prix / 24th International Theatre Festival Fadjr 2006, Tehran [1], Iran)
  • 2007: Award for Best Scenography / 19th Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre 2007, Cairo, Egypt [2].
    • Nominated for Best Performance award
    • Nominated for Best Director award

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