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Creative rehearsals of “The Haunted Land”

Theatre performance “The Haunted Land”

Author: Shqipe Malushi

Director: Zana Hoxha

Dramaturgy: Shpëtim Selmani

Choreographer: Robert Nuha

Actors/Actresses: Donikë Ahmeti, Kushtrim Qerimi, Kaltrinë Zeneli, Edlir Gashi, Qendresa Kajtazi, Mikel Markaj, Zhaneta Xhemajli

Soloists: Donika Rushiti,Shaban Behramaj, Urta Haziraj,Etrit Nura

Dancers: Altina Binaku, Qendrim Makolli, Edona Mjeku, Enis Mulaku, Erza Grajqevci, Patriot Osmani Costumes: Arbnor Brahimi

Video Projection: Florian Canga

Organizer: Elira Lluka

“Haunted Land”, is a performance based on Shqipe Malushi’s poetry, evoking our collective memory about the absence of peace and confrontation with the war, that’s constant for Kosovar society throughout the centuries; and in particular its impact on our inter-generational traumas. Presented in a unique experimental format, the performance of the director Zana Hoxha creates a multidisciplinary synergy through Malushi’s imaginative poems, Robert Nuha’s contemporary theatrical choreography, and dramaturgy by Shpëtim Selmani, including experimental music with authentic singing elements, and video projections that create a new narrative based on our collective memory.

Various poetic fragments and texts filled with pain, struggle, hope, strength, as an image of our collective resilience; are interpreted by Artpolis Artistic Resident Troupe joined by music and dance artists in this project. Through chronological acts “Haunted Land” describes one of the most important stages of Kosovars towards what they had dreamed for centuries, freedom. But is it enough to be free? Or is there anything beyond it? “Haunted Land” is a photo album that should never be covered by dust, or forgotten in a drawer.

Video recording: Gilad Sade

Video editing: Art Qorolli

Director Zana Hoxha brings the details for the show “The Bug”, which will be premiered on May 1, 2022 at the “House of Leaves” in Tirana

– The premiere of “The Bug” in the “House of Leaves”

– “The Bug”, the theatrical performance that sheds light on two parallel worlds of the eavesdropping of Albanians ABC News

– “The Bug” comes to the House with Leaves/ The show sheds light on the eavesdropping in communism

– ‘The Bug’, a performance about wiretapping in Kosovo and Albania, director: Musine Kokalari and Dervish Shaqa, the protagonists, Edison Gjergo’s painting as a symbol of censorship

– Rudina – “The Bug” / The special show, which tells the true stories of the communist regime

– The show “Chimkat” brings back to the crime scene the “House of Leaves” Museum/Albanians oppressed in communism, scenes of crimes and murders

Some pictures from the process of the show “The Bug”

Spring Awakening-a creation during COVID19 era

Musical Theatre Performance “Spring Awakening”

For the director of the performance Zana Hoxha, Frank Wedekind’s masterpiece “Spring Awakening” was an artistic calling, a desire and a need to bring this play in Kosovo, further adapting it in the era of 90s in Kosovo. The need of young people to understand and be understood has been and continues to be a challenge, especially considering the history that has followed the young people of Kosovo in the 1990s, a time of protest and resistance, a time when collective and personal freedom was limited by the political regime of Milosevic and the patriarchate, nevertheless solidarity kept the spirit of collective resistance alive.

Youth and their natural needs have not been a priority of the society, so information about sexuality, feelings, love and experiences have been discouraged and neglected by family, school and society. School violence, physical and sexual abuse, prejudice, unplanned pregnancy and abortion have been and remain real problems of our Kosovar society.

The first premiere during this pandemic time of COVID 19 coincidently addresses the lack of collective freedom in Kosovo. This performance awakens the need to raise discussion of such “forbidden” topics, to talk about feelings, sex and first experiences as they are happening, the need to know it all, to understand and experience them all.

This performance including all of its creators is dedicated to all the teenagers who fell in 1998-1999 in the last war in Kosovo.

Author: Frank Wedekind
Adaptation & Director: Zana Hoxha

Hajat Toçilla, Valmir Krasniqi, Labinot Raci, Arta Muçaj, Shkelzen Veseli, Semira Latifi, Shpetim Kastrati, Qëndresa Loki, Verona Koxha, Flamur Ahmeti, Armend Ballazhi

Musicians: Alzan Gashi, Arbër Salihu & Drin Tashi
Choreography: Robert Nuha
Costumes: Yllka Brada
Scenography: Youliana Voykova – Najman
Stage Manager: Bajram Mehemtaj
Asisstant: Elira Lluka

Spring Awakening – June 2020

Zana Hoxha the Laureate of Future Leaders program by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Nominated by the French Embassy in Kosovo, Zana Hoxha was honored by French Government for her leadership in gender equality, advocacy, social enhancement, and women rights.

Zana, who is a Theater Director and Executive Director of Artpolis and FemArt Festival, stayed in France from 25th-30th September, 2022, sharing her experience with high dignified French personalities, as well learning more about Feminist French diplomacy .

“During her entire stay, she showed an unfailing commitment and impressed many of her interlocutors with her dedication to her work in Kosovo to fight for equality and against any kind of discrimination and violence against women”, stated by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Besides meetings and discussion on gender equality and feminism, she had a special reception from state institutions and non-governmental organizations in France.

“Spring Awakening” the best play of the year


The tireless work of Zana Hoxha, director of the musical play “Spring Awakening” was awarded the prize for best performance of the year 2020. This award was shared by the Minister of Culture, Hajrulla Çeku, Deputy Minister, Sejnur Veshall, and Culture Advisor, Liburn Jupolli.

This show created and presented during the pandemic has also succeeded in the fourteenth edition of the ITF SkupiFestivali, with the prize for the “Grand Prix” awards as the best show. The success was not missing also in the festival “Moisiu On” in Tirana, that one of the awards was won by the actress Arta Muçaj, who was awarded the prize “Best Non-Protagonist Actress”, for her role in the musical show “Spring Awakening”.

In 2021, several reruns were given in Prishtina, Gjakova and Gjilan and it is intended to travel to festivals outside Kosovo, including the traditional Albanian Theater Festival in Dibër, Macedonia.

The play “Spring Awakening” by Frank Wedekind, is directed and adapted by Zana Hoxha, produced by Artpolis – Center for Art and Community and the National Theater of Kosovo.

The Trojan Women (Presentation)

The Trojan Women Project, an international program from La MaMa Theatre/New York is now in Kosovo, in partnership with Artpolis- Art and Community.

Within this project we will make the Public Presentation of workshop achievements of “Trojan Women” at EtnoFest spaces in Kukaj village, September 09 (Saturday) from 19:00.
The audience will be exposed to new musical elements, dance and stories which will be finalized within the performance.

Participats of this workshop are also national and international well-known artists, like: Ilire Vinca, Anisa Ismajli, Kushtrim Qerimi,Aurita Agushi, Sheqerie Buqaj,Lulzim Bucolli, Flutur Mustafa, Qendresa Kajtazi, Edlir Gashi, Fisnik Sykaj, Daniela Markaj, and many young artists like: Fjolla Hana, Skender Podvorica, Redon Kika, Alban Goranci, Edon Shileku, Margarita Ukaj.

Dozens of professional artists and musicians from Serbian community are involved in the workshop and practically are implementing parts from “Trojan Women” play.

The Project is going to run through the year and will culminate with the presentation in May 2018 at Femart festival of The Trojan Women (the play) performed by an extended group of Kosovo artists from the various communities.

The show “TROJANS”


From August 28 to September 10, 2017, the artists of the La MaMa Theater in partnership with the Artpolis Center, in the Oda theater in Pristina and in the artistic village Kukaj focused on raising new capacities of artists and artists in the exploration of sound , music and gestures, as well as using lyrics from La MaMa’s famous 1974 production “TROJANET”.

About La Mama:

La Mama experimental theater is dedicated to all artists everywhere in the world. The theater was founded in 1961 by Ellen Stewart, while it is traditionally known as the theater of all world’s cultures. La Mama has presented more than 150,000 artists from around the world in hundreds of different countries. Every year, La Mama theater presents over 80 productions, while it is visited by 34,000 visitors of all ages. This theater supports every individual who creates art by giving you promotion opportunities and financial support.

The show “TROJANS” produced by Zana Hoxha is based on an ancient Greek drama that fosters a favorable environment to nurture and strengthen relations between communities. It combines the life and struggle between ancient and  modern times, reflecting suffering, love, life, well-being, solidarity and cooperation. This play is based on the 2500 year old drama “Trojans” and its themes of war, displacement, violence against women, children and genocide.

The function of theater for centuries has been to find a common reason and sense of humanity to create a better world. Her staging is unique in the way actors and audience interact. The power of this special show has been proven in presentations over the past 40 years and in more than 30 nations.

“Trojans” is unique because it uses a combination of workshops, rehearsals, presentations, dialogue and community awareness.

The participation of 30 artists and activists results in a common conversation of the language of peace, love and solidarity that serves as a guide for future generations of artists and cultural activists.

Participants experiment with sound reinforcement methods and the use of pure voice during this program. Students experiment with gestures and body language. The artist(s) studies(y) the music and add songs, stories and movements from their personal experiences to the material. The partnership will be in the form of an ensemble. A conversation area will be provided about the production process, the show’s themes and connections to our daily lives.