PLAY TO BE

ITF SKUPI FESTIVAL 2007
12/11/2007 - 21/11/2007

PLAY TO BE…

Being an impression of senses, product of imagination, story, fuse and passion, the Theatre shall always be аn important part of the human acknowledgment. It is the general perspective of the outlook, of the life, because it is perfect in all its aspects and each and every part of it seems to represent the life itself more thoroughly. The limitations, such as the short time available and the pretty big space, do not make it possible to fully imitate what is actually happening in the real life. The issue of knowing what is the spectator supposed to see, or rather only understand from the play thereof, is not of marginal importance when it comes to the art play. Actually, by diverging from the natural appearance, it is completely possible that we turn the spectator’s attention to the main issues, so that they don’t keep their thoughts on others, or justify them. To which extent may we present to the spectator more than a simple conversation, without distancing them from the natural element?

Play to live…

The First International Theatre Festival “Skupi Fest” brings a selected summary of ten theatre casts, which were presented before the Albanian Theatre audience.

We tried to introduce a sensitive summary, which foster the contemporary originality force and beauty, offering the audience magnificent scenes, events and characters where humor, tragedy and satire hit and make you think deep into mature fantasy of the contemporary diversity.

By watching “Skupi Festival” we shall meet an entire gallery of characters, stories, and creations, starting from the oddest ones, where we shall feel the human spirit trembling… The Festival shall take its place in the country’s culture life, by always being latest and innovators, aiming at presenting distant and close creations, as well as unexpected characters and stories.

The world is full of wonders. One of them is the Theatre.

Play to be…
 

“WHITE CORBIE”

Albania: TIRANA NATIONAL THEATER

Author and Director: ​Mihalaq Luarasi

Performed by: Ndricim Dzhepa, Luiza Dzhuvani, Raimonda Bulku, Edi Luarasi, Nujar Askjeriu, Merkur Bozgo, Lutfi Hodzha, Sokol Angjeli, Lulzim Zekja

The corruption of those in power and the connections of specific political segments with the organised crime is the problem disturbing the author of this drama; it is a problem disturbing all Albanian citizens in these 15 years of transition. The event addresses the life and actions of Ilir Demi, a businessman who was found murdered in his office.

 

“THE OTHER SIDE”

Croatia: YOUTH THEATER ZAGREB

By Natasha Rajkovic and Bobo Jelcic

Performed by: Ksenija Marinkovic, Kreshimir Mikic, Jadranka Gjokic, Niksha Butijar

“On the other side” is a play addressing the lonely lives of four persons and their efforts to speak of their respective personal stories. Perhaps these stories are not as important and special, but they mean a lot to them. Each and every one of these stories ends with one single sentence. It is worth knowing that this sentence may be said in million ways. No wonder that people in their forties have the feeling that their lives have no special meaning. It is about this mid-age crisis.  

 

“FROM X TO X”

Montenegro: FIAT AND NIKSICH THEATER

Concept, director and scenography: Petar Pejakovic

Performed by: Katarina Krek, Slavko Kalezic, Milivoje Obradovic, Dushan Muric, Slavisha Grubisha

“He set up the ball at the white point, he left to catch the pounce and he never came back…”

The performance “From X to X” is a comical piece dedicated to football. The performance portrays a collage of motives from and for “the most important secondary thing on earth”. There are five young actors playing, but they are not acting; they are rather portraying, on their behalf, and physically demonstrating “the bright and dark side” of modern football. 

 

“MR.SINGLE”

Croatia: EXIT THEATER ZAGREB

A performance by Zhelko Vukmirica

Authors and directors: Zhelko Vukmirica, Matko Raguz, Pavlica Bajshic

We often walk in Mr. Single’s shoes in the world created by him. His head, slightly bowed, brings to your mind the geometry of his steps. Nothing has changed in years. The voices of lonely battle, the battle he cannot win, change into significant and known language. Mr. Single becomes “Mr. Single”.

 

“THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST”

Macedonia: ALBANIAN THEATER SKOPJE

Author: Dario Fo

Director:  Elmaze Nura

Performed by: Osman Ahmeti, Salaetin Bilall, Mendm Murtezi, Sefedin Shabani, Mirlinda Saiti, Visar Etemi

“The accidental death of an anarchist” is a comedy relating to the suspicions about the death of an anarchist. Namely, hiding behind the mask of this, the comedy reflects upon criminality, state corruption, political murders, and alike. “The accidental death of an anarchist” is documenting the event of a single episode in the Italian history, known as The Year of Steel, which in fact is a wave of terrorist attacks that started in the 60s and lasted until early 80s.

 

“MIMAR”

Bosnia and Hercegovina

By the text of Refik Hamzic

Director: Sead Dzhulic

Performed by: Dominik Bajo, Armin Hadzhimusic, Hristina Mouratidou, Amra Prutina, Emica Kapetanovic

Indeed, ever since God and the world existed, since the mankind existed, there are CONSTRUCTORS AND DESTROYERS existing within and operating, ruining and destroying what was built, as it was the only way of existence. For the CONSTRUCTOR, it is necessary to, before all, gain; learn to proudly wear the BEAUTIFUL HUMAN FACE. Then, they need to learn how to read the cosmos and its meaning and inscribe it onto the buildings. They should give face and shape to the existing materials (belonging to this world) and name them, before they surrender in time...

 

“THE STORM”

Bulgaria: DRAMA THEATER “KONSTANTIN VELICKOV” – PAZARDZHIK

By William Shakespeare

Director: Vladlen Aleksandrov

Performed by: Dimitri Terziev, Georgi Kermenski, Diana Doseva, Hristo Bonin, Grozdan Daskalev, Veselin Mishev, Aleksandar Paskov, Todor Kailov, Dimitar Kuzev

“The Storm” is considered to be the latest work of Shakespeare. The motive behind this work is the stories of English sailors exploring the distant and unknown seas. However, Shakespeare did not find that interesting the travel stories as such, but rather it is the examination of human spirit and the wrong way of living, a life that people create themselves, which is against the laws of nature and in contradiction with themselves.

 

“THE BODY OF A WOMAN AS A BATTLEFIELD”

France: EUROP’ARTES COMPANY

Author: Matei Visniec

Director: Alexandra Badea

Performed by: Madalina Constantin, Carine Piazzi

“La femme comme champ de bataille“ or “The body of a woman as a battlefield” is the story of two human destinies during the Bosnian war. However, the historic event contains the meaning of analysing human cruelty, violence and madness, generated by nationalism.

There is Dorra, a victim, who was raped during the war by a man who might have been her neighbour, her classmate, her brother’s friend…

The EUROP’ ARTES is a product of an artistic journey, where the multicultural dialogue comes on surface, aiming at developing and expanding our cultural inheritance. Our goal is to reposition contemporary borders.

 

“UNPLUG THE MINISTER FROM THE SOCKET”

Kosovo: NATIONAL THEATER GJAKOVA

Author: Eric Idle

Director: Ilir Bokshi

Performed by: Arta Mucaj, Mirvete Kurtishi, Ernest Malazogu, Gresa Pallaska, Hysen Binaku, Ylber Bardi, Ramazan Berkani, Behar Zeneli

The comedy “Unplug the minister from the socket” in its content and concept presents the struggle for political power and the tendency for financial inheritance in a particular society. The situation is interweaved with intrigue, sarcasm and characters that have same amounts of intellectuality and naivety, build up an excellent comedy, which may occur only in Charles family.

 

“VIA”

Italy

Idea and concept: Fabrizio Saccomanno, Stefano De Santis

Author and director: Fabrizio Saccomanno

Performed by: Fabrizio Saccomanno, Cristina Mileti

The performance starts up with series of addresses in a little town in Salento that get lost along the trails of the storytelling, until they turn into a specific migrant story: a post-war Italy, the agreements between the new Italian Republic and Belgium. Two chairs, a lamp and two actors on the stage. The performance was written by people who have an ordinary past, characterised by family migration.
 

“THE DEMON FROM DEBAR MAALO”

Macedonia: DRAMA THEATER SKOPJE

Author: Goran Stefanovski

Director: Slobodan Unkovski

Performed by: Jovica Mihajlovski, Biljana Belicanec – Aleksic, Dejan Lilik, Dragan Spasov, Sasho Tasevski, Marin Babic, Dime Iliev, Jelena Zugic

This is a hilarious tragic comedy which unfolds the most bitter problems in the Macedonian society. The story gravitates around the hairdressers Koce, a man who is wrongfully imprisoned right after the independence of the country in the year 1991, and spends 15 in lock up. Using the motive of a medieval French tale about a murderer-barber, the author reimagines the character in the cruel fifteen years of Macedonian transition.