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Negotiating Peace

Qendra Multimedia in association with: Teatro della Pergola (Italy); euro-scene Leipzig (Germany); Prague City Theaters (Czech Republic); R.A.A.A.M (Estonia); Mittelfest (Italy); Kontakt (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Black Box Teater (Norway) and My Balkans (USA/Serbia) present

Opening: October 16, 2023, ODA Theatre, Prishtina

By: Jeton Neziraj  Directed by: Blerta Neziraj Actors: Shkumbin Istrefi, Ema Andrea, Harald Thompson Rosentrøm, Ejla Bavcic, Martin Kõiv, Melihate Qena, Orest Pastukh  Composer Ardo Ran Varres Stage design: Agata Skwarczyńska  Costume Designer Blagoj Micevski  Choreography Gjergj Prevazi  Dramaturg:  Mina Milošević  Video Besim Ugzmajli  Lighting design: Yann PerregauxAgata Skwarczyńska  Assistant director: Sovran Nrecaj  Translated by: Suzana Vuljevic  Art director: Aurela Kadriu Development & Fundraising Support: Sven Skoric  Tour manager: Dejan Jovanović  International Outreach: Maud Dinand  PR & Communication: Mobius Industries  Sound: Bujar Bekteshi Technical coordinator: Lulzim Rexha  Production assistants: Flaka Rrustemi & Verona Koxha



Negotiating Peace is a complex diplomatic challenge after military conflicts. In some cases, peace agreements are made; in others, complete peace is never reached or simply remains an arrangement on paper. Multiple wars and conflicts raise multi-layered questions and leave behind ambiguities, which makes peace difficult.

Looking at peace negotiations including Dayton peace agreement, those in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, the still-unresolved talks between Kosovo and Serbia, and anticipating the conclusion of the war between Russia and Ukraine, Kosovo’s Qendra Multimedia have brought together a pan European ensemble to create Negotiating Peace. This new production has been created with artists and theatre groups from Ukraine, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Italy, Czechia, Albania, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland and Estonia.

Inspired by Richard Holbrooke’s To End a War and Kadare’s The General of the Dead Army, NEGOTIATING PEACE tries to confront the audience with the backgrounds, challenges, fears and hope that accompany the reaching of a peace agreement and discusses important issues: Who has the power and legitimacy to negotiate peace? Do people truly reconcile after signing a peace accord? And finally: Can collective forgiveness ever occur, or is forgiveness an individual act?

Negotiating Peace will be directed by Qendra’s Blerta Neziraj in her vibrant and striking style which tackles political and social issues head-on. Speaking about the production Blerta said: “The main thing we are looking at in this theatre production is: If war has its demons leading people towards destruction and misery, what does peace have? Who is the antipode of the war demons?! Are they the peace emissaries? The political leaders who have the courage to sign peace agreements? Or the ordinary people, the survivors, who have paid the highest price of the war.”



Opening: 16 October, 2023 – ODA Theatre, Prishtina

19 October, 2023  – ODA Theatre, Prishtina

20 October, 2023 – City Theatre of Gjilan

21 October, 2023  – Albanian Theatre Skopje (North Macedonia)

23 October, 2023 – Adriana City Theatre of Ferizaj

25 October, 2023 – ODA Theatre, Prishtina (Kosovo Theatre Showcase)


8 & 9 November, 2023 – euro-scene Leipzig (Germany)

11 November, 2023 – Theater im Pumpenhaus, Münster (Germany)

13 & 14 November, 2023 – Prague City Theaters (Czech Republic)

9 December, 2023 – National Theatre of Tirana (Albania)

11 December, 2023 – ODA Theatre, Prishtina (Kosovo)

13 December, 2023 – Újvidéki Színház, Novi Sad (Serbia)



What comes next? Negotiating Peace and the plays of Jeton Neziraj – Café Europa by Natasha Tripney

Negotiating Peace – Qendra Multimedia at Teatri Oda, Prishtina, premiere 16th October 2023 – Sea Stage


“NEGOTIATING PEACE”, KOSOVO THEATRE SHOWCASE 2023 – by Verity Healey | The Theatre Times

Dans les Balkans, jouer en terrain miné – by Anaïs Heluin | Politis
Au Kosovo, depuis 2018, le théâtre a son festival. Porté par Jeton Neziraj et son équipe de Qendra Multi­media, le Showcase, dont la 6e édition a eu lieu du 24 au 29 octobre, donne à découvrir une scène aussi politique que caustique.

Kosovo Theatre Showcase: Erinnerungsarbeit und Traumabewältigung – by Ute Büsing | Tagesspiegel
Fast in Vergessenheit geraten sind die blutigen Balkan-Kriege in den 90er Jahren. Der kleine Kosovo wurde nach Pogromen an der Zivilbevölkerung 1999 nur mit vereinten NATO-Kräften vor serbischen Attacken gerettet. Auch daran erinnert das alljährliche Theaterfestival „Kosovo Theatre Showcase“ in der Hauptstadt Pristina und Umgebung.

Krisen, Frieden, Familiengeschichten – by Emma Schindler | Tanznetz
Euro-Scene II: „KRIZE“, „Negotiating Peace“ und „LIT1/Familie“
Europa rückt zusammen. Drei deutsche Erstaufführungen mit der slowenischen Performance „KRIZE“, „Negotiating Peace“ aus dem Kosovo und dem belgischen „LIT1/Familie“.

Vain generals, mix-ups and Elvis: Kosovan play turns peace talks into farce – The Guardian


Financed by:

National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Allianz Foundation, The Sigrid Rausing Trust, European Union in Kosovo, Ministry of Culture of Kosovo, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Goethe Institute, City of Prague, Fond for Utøvende Kunstnere.