Rehearsal processes

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

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.