This 20 minute vertical performance is a remake of a dance theatre piece about a wounded bird that is dying created, performed and produced by Marija Šćekić. The performance is a result of the artistic-scientific collaboration between Marija Šćekić and Gordan Lukač, ScD, author of Book “Atlas of Birds” and the Head of the Department of Professional Activities of Protection, Maintenance, Preservation, Promotion and Use of the National Park. The idea was to raise public awareness towards growing number of endangered Birds of Prey living in Paklenica National Park.

This is the first in a sequence of six program segments comprising a 3-year long dance project titled “The Gates of Velebit" by the author Marija Šćekić and Histeria Nova Artistic organization. The project aims to protect the natural and cultural heritage of the Paklenica National Park and to promote the traditional values and culture of living of the indigenous population inhabiting the Velebit mountain and the surrounding area. The proceeds for this performance were donated to the Educational Centre for the Protection of Birds of Prey in Mala Paklenica.


Author, Performer, Artistic Director: : Marija Šćekić
Rigging: Davor Divković, Ivica Galac, Željko Njegovan
Lights: Saša Bogojević
Sound: Ranko Šajfar
Costume design: Mihaela Gregov
Animation / video edit: Majda Džanić
Video (Golden Eagle, Griffon Volture): Josip Tomaić
Cameras: Marko Lokas, Jurica Lokas
Photography: Stipe Surać

Trailer, graphic design for BWSC 2013 promo materials: Dennis Brunn
Layout for this broshure: Darko Tosenberger (FormaT, Đakovo)
PR / Media: Dragica Jović, Marjana Marasović, Marija Šćekić
Organization: Histeria Nova in collaboration with Paklenica National Park
Production: Marija Šćekić-Histeria Nova, 2013

More information about the project:

The total number of bird species recorded in the Paklenica National Park is 162 and 240 in the broader national park area, out of which 111 are recorded as nesting bird species. The most endangered species are raptores (Falconiformes) and owls (Strigiformes). There is only one breeding pair of Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) left in Mala Paklenica canyon. This bird species is critically endangered in Croatia. One pair of Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) nested in Valika Paklenica canyon until 2001. The pair then moved from the recreational zone to the wild area of Paklenica National Park. The second pair has nested in Mala Paklenica canyon since 1984. Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) is a common breeding bird species in stony and cliff areas. Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) is a breeding bird species found in both canyons, Velika and Mala Paklenica.

The principal reasons for endangerment are habitat changes (habitat destruction, food shortages, construction of power lines, windmills and highways), agricultural chemicals and pesticides, general climate changes, poisoning, hunting and poaching (desire for trophies). The extinction of the Griffon Vulture in Paklenica National Park at the close of the twentieth century indicates the neglect and extreme indifference of the local population toward animal species and nature in general and the inadeqacy of protection efforts.

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