About me

Photography: Jovana Savić

Danilo Jovanović, director of Physical Theater from ex-Yugoslavia and Artistic Director of Physical Theater Company “Side Effect”, currently living and working in Vienna. The main occupation of Danilo’s work was performing on stage until recently, when he stepped back into directors’ rolle. In his artistic production he combines theater with storytelling. He’s in love with the theatrical process and constantly looking for new ways to tell stories. Translating life itself into theatrical language is the most exciting thing for Danilo. Believing in theater as a place of collective action and a platform for sharing knowledge and experience, especially for those who have less access to resources, he founded Physical Theater Company “Side Effect” with like-minded people at the end of 2019. The vision of a theater as an open experiential space in a form of his “Open Soul concept” is at the heart of Danilo’s work.

Besides directors’ rolle he is also engaged as a theater educator and trainer on different topics. He teaches his Open Soul concept through workshops with performers or different underprivileged groups.

Photography: Brankica Vujadinov

The core of Danilo’s creative expression comes from The Small Academy of Physical, Expressive and Devised Theater, an intense educational program originated by Marija Farmer, physical theater director from Belgrade, Serbia. Danilo was attending the Academy in two classes, in  2017 and 2019.

There, he discovered how powerful and beautifully poetic working with personal content can be. Also, gaining performing skills and working on principles of devised theater was exciting and essential for Danilo’s creative growth.

Marija Farmer as a teacher and director left a powerful imprint on his future development as an artist and theater practitioner.