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"Bolero" - Premiere in Kosovo

"Bolero" - Premiere in Kosovo

1st of March 2016, at 20:00h in ODA Theatre.

2nd of March 2016, at 20:00h in Professional Theatre of Prizren.

"Bolero" is a co-production between ODA Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, UK and Sarajevo War Theatre SARTR from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"Bolero" premiered in Nottingham Playhouse on 31st of May 2014, after a series of residencies in England, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo when Florent Mehmeti from ODA Theatre together with the team of the performance, 3 actors from Sarajevo, 2 actors from UK and 1 actress from Berlin with the director Michael Pinchbeck has worked in building this extraordinary theatrical story.

"Bolero" was presented in Sarajevo, on 28th and 29th June 2014 on the occasion of the 100 years of the beginning of the World War I, to continue with performances in Zenica, Tuzla and Mostar during October 2014. Finally "Bolero" is performing for Kosovo audience on 1st of March, on ODA's 13th birthday to continue in Prizren on 2nd of March in Prizren's Professional Theatre.

"Bolero" in Kosovo was possible thanks to the support of British Council Office in Kosovo.

The cast: Benjamin Bajramovic, Amila Terzimehic, Ollie Smith, Nicki Hobday, Jasenko Pasic and Vera Molitor

Director: Michael Pinchbeck

Dramaturge: Florent Mehmeti

Designer: Sarah Lewis

Stage manager: Anneke Van De Stege

Choreographer: Arianna Maiorani

Photographer/Film-maker: Julian Hughes

Producer: Kate Chapman


by Michael Pinchbeck

An assassin raises his gun.

A conductor raises his baton.

A piece of music that lasts 17 minutes has begun.

In 1928, Maurice Ravel wrote Bolero in Paris. In 1984, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean danced to it at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Eight years later the stadium where they won gold was bombed during the siege of the city. Seats were made into coffins. The ice of the rink was replaced by the ice of the morgue. The roses on the ice were replaced by roses on war graves.

Working with the music as a bridge between these two stories, Nottingham writer and theatre maker Michael Pinchbeck takes a journey from Paris to Sarajevo, from 1914 to 1994, from the First World War to the Bosnian War. Six performers from the UK, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Germany weave together a biography of Bolero.

This extraordinary trilingual performance follows the journey of the bullet that started the First World War and finds its ricochets in the rhythm of the music that defined the most famous Olympic ice dance routine of all time.

Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the British Council, Bolero is a co-production between Nottingham Playhouse, ODA Theatre (Prishtina) and Sarajevo War Theatre. The project has been developed at Dance4, the National Ice Centre and Primary with financial assistance and support from Loughborough University and the University of Lincoln. Bolero began as part of Making Tracks.

'Michael Pinchbeck is a terrific theatremaker' - The Guardian




Michael Pinchbeck


Michael Pinchbeck


Kate Chapman


Florent Mehmeti


Sarah Lewis

Stage manager

Anneke Van De Stege


Arianna Maiorani


Julian Hughes


Julian Hughes


Benjamin Bajramovic, Amila Terzimehic, Ollie Smith, Nicki Hobday, Jasenko Pasic and Vera Molitor


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