// Friday, Spetember 19th / 19.30h and 22h @ CZKD //
“The Dealers” (“Dilerat”) is a theatrical play, based on the text “In the Solitude of Cotton Fields” by the famous contemporary French author, Bernard-Marie Koltès (1948 – 1989), created by the director Bekim Lumi and four young actors, in the ‘Loja’ Laboratory Theatre, during over one year’s work (March 2012 – May 2013) of research and creativity. Designed according to one of the most beautiful and poetical texts by this author, and, in general, of all 20th century world dramaturgy, this play is being presented to the public (for the first time in Albanian) in the form of a experimental-laboratory creation, through which, at the thematic level, it examines the phenomenon of deal-making, or the attraction and repulsion of bipolarity, between the “seller” (dealer) and the “buyer” (client), a feverish and magnetic relation upon which our universe is created, breathes and functions. As such, “The Dealers” is a stage metaphor for deal-making, which in its open or camouflaged form has been and continues to be one of the identifying signs of the mafia underworld and an untreatable “sickness” for man and our world.
Bekim Lumi is theatre director from Kosovo. He is currently a professor of Theatre Directing at the Faculty of Arts of University of Prishtina. He is founder and artistic director of ‘Loja’ Laboratory Theatre, and founder, editor in chief and publisher of the theatre magazine ‘Loja’. His work is distinguished by his minimalistic style, concept and ideas, as well as by his bold creative inclinations towards experimentation. He is the author of several theatre performances, based on plays by Eugene Ionesco, William Shakespeare, Slawomir Mrozek, Bernard Marie Koltès, Federico Garcia Lorca, A. P. Chekhov etc., performed in ‘Loja’ Laboratory Theatre, Dodona Theatre and the National Theatre of Kosovo. He has represented Kosovo with his performances in several international theatre events and festivals (in Switzerland, France, Italy, Germany, Albania, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania and Kosovo), where he was awarded with international theatre prizes.