Ismar Hadžiabdić joined the East West Theatre Company in January 2006 and since then worked as an executive producer of 9 theatrical productions, documentary film, number of master classes, workshops and high profile events such as; Berlin in Sarajevo – Schaubuhne in East West Centre, one of the events in Europe that marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
He managed a number of the company’s tours in more than 12 countries and worked with over 200 different artists. He was an executive producer of a a theatre dance production ”Football, Football” (2010) directed by Haris Pasovic – biggest cultural coproduction in Bosnia and Herzegovina ever – involving East West Center, Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, Singapore Arts Festival, Les Ballets C de la B, Belgium and Flota Institute from Slovenia. Since the opening in May 2010 the show has been performed for 15 times on 3 continents (Europe, Asia, Africa). The production involved artists coming from 4 continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia) and 7 countries (Italy, Slovenia, Singapore, Burkina Faso, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China and Australia). Football, Football was a highlight of the National Arts Festival in South Africa that was taking place during the FIFA World Cup 2010.
He worked as a producer together with National Theatre Maribor and European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012 on a theatre production Europe Today written by Miroslav Krleža and directed by Haris Pašović with some of the finest artists in the region: Miki Manojlović, an actor; Edward Clug, a contemporary dancer, choreographer and the legendary neoclassical rock band Laibach.
In 2011, he produced together with Bosnian National Theatre Zenica a theatre show “Roses for Anne Teresa/ Football Stories” and toured with the show in 11 cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2012, he again collaborated with The Bosnian National Theatre Zenica on the prize winning show The Society of Spectacle. The show toured with the great success in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region.
He was the executive producer of Sarajevo Red Line, a large scale event that marked the 20th anniversary of the Siege of Sarajevo. Sarajevo Red Line was staged nearby the Eternal Flame monument. From that stage down the Maršal Tito Street, there was 11,541 red chairs arranged in 825 rows (as an audience). This red “audience” stretched for 800 meters and ended in the area between the building of the Presidency of BiH and Ali-pasha’s Mosque.
Most recently, he was the executive producer and production manager of the show “The Conquest of Happiness” based on Bertrand Russel’s famous essay. This project was initiated at the Edinburgh International Festival 2008 at the East West Theatre Company public workshop within the Festival’s program “Behind the Scenes.” The show was coproduced by East West Center Sarajevo, Prime Cut Productions Belfast and Theatre Mladinsko Ljubljana and it premiered at the Derry/Londonderry – City of Culture of UK 2013. The show opened the International Theatre Festival MESS 2013 under the spectacular Old bridge in Mostar. It also played in Sarajevo at the Olypmic Hall Zetra, Ljubljana and in Belfast at the Titanic quartet during the Queens Festival Belfast.