Blessed Unrest and Teatri ODA
Building a bridge between Kosova and the USA
A marriage that spurns tradition, an impossible journey on horseback, a brother who defies the grave. Inspired by the Albanian legend, Doruntine is a mythical tale of family loyalty, forbidden love and the power of a promise that can never be broken.
April 23 – May 10, 2015
The Interart Theatre
500 West 52nd Street, NYC
(just west of 10th Avenue)
The Emelin Theatre
For tickets to the Emelin Theatre performance, please visit emelin.org
The Sworn Virgin
We will also present staged readings of our original play The Sworn Virgin, which toured the Balkans in 2012, and begin the process of creating our next original play together. Reading dates TBA.
About our Collaboration
Blessed Unrest of New York and Teatri ODA of Prishtina, Kosova have been collaborating since 2005, creating and performing original, bilingual plays in New York and on several tours through the Balkan nations of Kosova, Macedonia, and Albania. In 2008 we realized the first ever US/Kosovar theatre collaboration in the US with our acclaimed production of Doruntine, followed by a sold out Balkan tour in 2009. This spring, back by popular demand, Doruntine returns to New York.
Teatri ODA was founded shortly after the Balkan Wars as the only independent arts organization in the country, exerting the power of the arts in building a democratic and open society. They perform extensively across Europe and average 180 events and 50,000 visitors annually in Prishtina.
America’s relationship with the Balkans focuses on military and financial aid, yet we know little about each other culturally. Kosova is one of the newest nations on the planet, and their Albanian language and culture is among the oldest. This form of collaboration, creating original bilingual theatre, is utterly unique. We exchange ideas and perspectives, work together to create art, and give audiences a tangible connection to the history and traditions of Kosovar and Albanian people.
This project is being supported by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Kosova Ministry of Diaspora, SHS Foundation, and the generosity of individual donors. Thank you!
From the press
“emotional intensity…sheer originality…delightful surprises”
“…Doruntine is a wholly theatrical and moving telling of a very relevant and powerful story. It’s a window into a culture not often heard from, and is yet another argument for the cultural importance of independent theatre.”
“Doruntine is inventive, exciting theater that crosses artistic as well as national and cultural boundaries. …the story feels both ancient and cutting-edge. Doruntine is the kind of production I’d expect to see as part of BAM’s Next Wave festival.”
From the artists
“Kosova is one of the newest countries in the world. We want to be Kosovar cultural ambassadors, bringing our language and ancient traditions to an American audience.”
“Performing and living in an area of the world that has been isolated and ravaged by war had a profound impact upon me. I learned first-hand the power of culture as a tool to unite, create dialogue, and facilitate a process of reconciliation and rehabilitation among an oppressed people.”
"At its best, independent theater is inventive, emotional, inspiring and has the ability to transform the atmosphere in a room full of people. In the several years I have been attending shows by Blessed Unrest, they have never ceased to amaze."
~ Amber Gallery, NY Theatre Now
Get to Know Blessed Unrest
A video by TDF (Theatre Development Fund)
Blessed Unrest receives Caffe Cino Fellowship Award
Watch our acceptance speech/performance at the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.