Tajna Tanovic
Since 2009
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

Tajna Tanović is a performing artist, actress and singer-songwriter with over 20 years of experience in the performing arts worldwide.

Her education includes the acting school for children, Koliba (Sarajevo), the Celan Theater School at Burgau Castle (Germany), as well as The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute (New York).

Tanović was the leading actress of Theater TAS in Germany from 1993 to 2004. The TAS production “Project 3” toured Germany in 1993/1994 and was featured in over ten major theaters (Munich’s Kammerspiele, Hamburg’s Thalia Theater as well as Slovenia’s cultural center in Ljubljana, Cankarjev Dom) with reviews published in papers such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Süddeutsche Zeitung. For the role of the Girl in “Project 3” she was nominated for the Best Young Artist Award by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) in 1994. Tanović’s roles at Theater TAS have included: the Girl in “Project 3”, May in Beckett’s “Footfalls”, Antigone in Sophocles’ “Antigone”, Ophelia in “Roses are Immortal”, Daisy in “Cabaret International”, Galathea in “Wedekind’s Cabaret” and Ulrike-Marlene in “The Struwwelpit & Co.”

In 1993 she performed at the UNESCO Charity Gala for Children in Need in Düsseldorf with the poem “This is Sarajevo speaking, I am an island in the heart of the world.”

As a musician shows have included two concerts at Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll’s summer festival in Germany (2001 and 2003). Her voice could also be heard on the radio broadcaster Deutsche Welle, for which she wrote and hosted a music chart show. With her voice she contributed to PUMA’s widely published “Soundtrip for FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany”.

In 2003 Tanović was given the Apollinaire Award, for outstanding achievements in the French language for her work on French playwright and actress Yasmina Reza’s play “Life x 3.”

She has worked on the English translation of the plays "The Last Story" and "New Footfalls" both by Kaća Čelan (from German) and "The Blonde Jewish Girl" by Isak Samokovlija (from Bosnian).

Recent New York projects have included “Canal Street Station”, a radio theater piece by 31Down, the experimental dance film “Waterfront Access?” by award-winning director Floanne Ankah, “Yard Sale: New Footfalls...” by Theater TAS, presented by the arts organization chashama and several projects with Dalzell Productions. She has performed in the “60x60 Dance” event in April 2009 at the Galapagos art space in DUMBO. Tanović has written, co-directed and stars in the short film “Dolly Belle” - Official Selection at the Big Apple Film Festival and the international chashama Film Festival, 2009. She is collaborating with Theater TAS in New York with multiple projects in pre-production and is currently working on her first solo album of original songs.
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The Last Story

Wed Mar 02, 2011 19:00 - Sat Mar 12, 2011

New York, New York
United States of America

“The Last Story” by Kaća Čelan is an award-winning play honored and
world premiered in Germany. It was showcased at The Tank in New York
City in March 2010.

A duodrama, a war of conversations, exploding phrases filled with
emotions strong like gunpowder - “A verbal therapy” with and against
each other, a striking parable of the battle of the sexes develops; its
intensity equals a mirror, in which the audience watches itself through
the protagonists, “the last Adam and Eve”, who, like a lion and lioness,
are caught in the cage called marriage.

The play illustrates the never-ending unavailing quest for paradisiacal
harmony between a man and a woman. "The Last Story" is a postmodern
European version of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".
Written & Directed by Kaća Čelan

The Woman Tajna Tanović
The Man Scott Wallace

Graphic design  Mirko Ilić Corp.


Yard Sale: New Footfalls...

Tue Apr 21, 2009 00:00 - Tue Apr 21, 2009

c h a s h a m a
Yard Sale: New Footfalls...

A performance & visual art installation brought to you by THEATER TAS
Conceived and Directed by Kaca Celan
Cast, Sound & Translation by Tajna Tanovic
Set Design & Video by Shoba Seric

At the chashama Window, 266 W 37th St, NYC
(Between 7th & 8th Aves)

Installation Days: April 21-30, 2009
Performance Hours: 10 pm daily

FREE and open to the public
For more information, please email mail@tajnatanovic.com