A Qendra Multimedia production in association with: Teatro della Pergola (Italy); euro-scene Leipzig (Germany); Prague City Theaters (Czech Republic); R.A.A.A.M (Estonia); Mittelfest (Italy); Kontakt (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Black Box Teater (Norway) and My Balkans (USA/Serbia)
Qendra Multimedia have brought together a pan European ensemble to create Negotiating Peace. This new production has been created with artists and theatre groups from Ukraine, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Italy, Czechia, Albania, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland and Estonia.
Inspired by Richard Holbrooke’s To End a War and Ismail Kadare’s The General of the Dead Army, Negotiating Peace projects and uncovers dynamics accompanying the process of a peace agreement: Who can negotiate peace? Do political leaders have the legitimacy to do so? Do ordinary people really reconcile after the signing of an “act of peace” on their behalf? Can there be collective forgiveness, or is forgiveness an individual act?
The show focuses looks at ‘peace negotiations’ including Dayton, agreements in the Northern Ireland and those in the Middle East as well as the not-so-fruitful discussions between Kosovo and Serbia. Considering these important political momentums from different wars and conflicts across the world, the show attempts to imagine what the end of the war of Russia against Ukraine will potentially look like.
By: Jeton Neziraj Directed by Blerta Neziraj Actors: Shkumbin Istrefi, Ema Andrea, Harald Thompson Rosentrom, Ejla Bavcic, Martin Kõiv, Melihate Qena, Orest Pastukh Composer Ardo Ran Varres Stage design: Agata Skwarczyńska Costume Designer Blagoj Micevski Choreography Gjergj Prevazi Dramaturg: Mina Milošević Video Besim Ugzmajli Lighting design: Yann Perregaux, Agata Skwarczyńska Sound: Tempo Reale Assistant director: Sovran Ndrecaj Translated by: Suzana Vuljevic Art director: Aurela Kadriu Development & Fundraising Support: Sven Skoric Tour manager: Dejan Jovanović International Outreach: Maud Dinand PR & Communication: Mobius Industries Sound: Bujar Bekteshi Technical coordinator: Lulzim Rexha Production assistant: Flaka Rrustemi
Opening: 16 October, 2023 – ODA Theatre, Prishtina
19 October, 2023 – ODA Theatre, Prishtina
20 October, 2023 – City Theatre of Gjilan
21 October, 2023 – Albanian Theatre Skopje (North Macedonia)
23 October, 2023 – Adriana City Theatre of Ferizaj
25 October, 2023 – ODA Theatre, Prishtina (Kosovo Theatre Showcase)
8 & 9 November, 2023 – euro-scene Leipzig (Germany)
13 & 14 November, 2023 – Prague City Theaters (Czech Republic)
National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Allianz Foundation, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, European Union in Kosovo, Ministry of Culture of Kosovo, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Goethe Institute, City of Prague, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.