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LOVE. STATE. KOSOVO

A unique theater performance with artists from Kosovo and Switzerland. 
"LOVE.STATE.KOSOVO" is produced by Qendra Multimedia (www.qendra.org), in 
cooperation with Produktionswerkstatt, CULTURESCAPES Balkan 2013, Spielart 
Festival München, Kaserne Basel and the Zürcher Theater Spektakel. This performance 
come to Pristina after the premier in Zürich at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel.
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Concept & artistic directors: Beatrice Fleischlin, Antje Schupp
Performers: Beatrice Fleischlin, Antje Schupp, Astrit Ismaili, Labinot Rexhepi
Assistant Director: Hendrik Lipka
Stage and Lighting: Nico de Rooij
Costumes: Diana Ammann
Production Manager and Dramaturge: Larissa Bizer
Production Manager in Kosovo: Nita Hasani
Coordination in Kosovo: Ernest Zymberi
Duration: about 90 minutes
Languages: German, English, Albanian, German and Swiss German

*** SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PERFROMANCE ***
"Kosovo. Where is it actually? Just somewhere in the Balkans. Here the interest about 
Kosovo is from average till not at all. The word itself already sounds like the hearth 
of war or as a toothless old man, so that you can not except something else than 
to imagine hopelessness. And also no one thinks that "down there" will be anything 
developed so quickly. What can be developed over there, they don't have anything. 
That's why they come to us. It's time to get to know youngest state in Europe. "LOVE. 
STATE. KOSOVO" is a tracing journey, a search of traces in a very complex creature 
of the state of Kosovo. The starting point of the project is a personal vision, perhaps 
naive Western European of the complex political and social events of a new country. 
Fleischlin and Schupp visited and startet their tracing journey in Kosovo in June 2012. A 
new place, in every aspect: The average age of the population is 27 years, only in 2008 
Kosovo has declared its independence and further accepted by slightly more than half 
of the members of UN.
With their own sight Fleischlin and Schupp have observed the complex political and 
social events in Kosovo and have found a place, which has a very special connection 
with Switzerland and Germany and so it does not have anything to do with the general 
prejudices here. Their impressions and experiences they have elaborated artistically in 
a joint working process with the Kosovan performer Astrit Ismaili and the dancer Labinot 
Rexhepi. LOVE.STATE.KOSOVO reflects the personal view of the four performers in 
Kosovo and their dealings with the prejudices and thematizes with a wink the pulling 
and facing of the limits of the artistic collaboration. 
LOVE. STATE. KOSOVO is some kind of a love story. But it's complicated!
Financed by: Department of Culture Basel, Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, Ernst 
Göhner Foundation, Migros culture percentage, Landis & Gyr Foundation, GGG Basel, 
SIS Foundation.

Cast

Beatrice Fleischlin, Antje Schupp, Astrit Ismaili, Labinot Rexhepi

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