The publication documents the development and realisation of the production A Short History of Crying by Sanja Mitrovic, which premiered in November 2010 at the Hetveem Theatre in Amsterdam. It is conceived as an investigation into the phenomenology of tears, touching upon themes of memory, emigration and death. In this work, and the accompanying publication, Sanja Mitrovic explores social and cultural mechanisms related to public display of emotions.
The publication consists of two parts. The first part presents materials from research and rehearsals – partly reproduced as scans of photocopies, original books and postcards – alongside newly commissioned essays. The second part combines the original script with photographic documentation of the performance. This part is printed on Chromolux paper: the glossy side presents the documentation photos while the script is printed on the reverse, uncoated side.