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The Return of Karl May
(Entertaining play for the German people)

Qendra Multimedia & National Theatre of Kosovo, Pristina/Kosovo
Staged Reading | In Albanian with German and English subtitles | 40 min

Kara Ben Nemsi, the famous character in the works of Karl May, flees the East  and heads toward German lands with a group of actors from Kosovo. On this almost epic journey, he encounters Slavoj Zizek, Peter Handke, a member of the National Socialist Underground, and a host of other characters. The play confronts the audience with Western Europe’s almost demonizing approach toward the East—its supposed cultural, political, and intellectual superiority—which, according to Aleksandar Hemon, is deeply rooted in colonialism and racism.

Credits
Director: Blerta Neziraj
Author: Jeton Neziraj
Costume Design: Sebastian Herlich
Choreography: Gjergj Prevazi
Composition: Gabriele Marangoni
Light Design: Mursel Bekteshi, YannPerregaux
Video Design: Ilir Gjocaj
Artistic collaborator: Alban Beqiraj
International Outreach: Maud Dinand
Coordination: Beqir Beqiri
Stage manager: Lendita Idrizi
Translation into English: Alexandra Channer
Translation into German: Zuzana Finger
Technical director: Fatlum Idrizi
Press: Arif Muharremi, Aurela Kadriu

With: Astrit Alihajdari, Ylber Bardhi, Adrian Morina, Arta Muçaj, Edona Reshitaj, Shpetim Selmani, Armend Smajli

Coproduction between Qendra Multimedia & National Theatre of Kosovo and Volksbühne Berlin. A Qendra Multimedia project, in cooperation with National Theatre of Kosovo.

Funded by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Kosovo, Goethe-Institut, The Olof Palme International Center, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, European Union Office in Kosovo