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Critics from various personalities about the play "The Beast in the Moon"

Photos by Photojournalist, Valerie Plesch

Photo taken by photojournalist, Valerie Plesch

Critics from various personalities about the play "The Beast in the Moon"

Enver Petrovci (famous actor in Kosovo and over Balcans, professor of acting/University of Prishtina)

This play deserves to be represented at festivals. I had a great time. Very good that they put this text on stage. I invite the public to watch this show.

Besim Rexhaj - History of world theatre professor/University of Prishtina

The play "Beast on the Moon" uttered, our painful and with anxious tones, the tragedy of the Armenians, their genocide and their mass deportation, a tragedy that resembles our tragic historical destiny! For this reason too, dramatic text and play preserve their actuality! The acting was very good, such that it uttered the report of a couple traumatized by spiritual and physical violence exerted upon them, their families, and their people! Vlora and Armendi expressed the psychological and existential anxiety of traumatized people suffering the consequences of trauma, what is called post-traumatic stress disorder!

Kujtim Shala - former minister of culture/Republic of Kosovo

"The Beast on the Moon" was staged on the 20th anniversary of Kosovo's liberation, to surround us with yesterday's memories and the pain that our people are still not leaving. "The Beast on the Moon" is not a hymn to freedom, but a painful testimony of suffering and sacrifice. We are free because we have suffered. The play gives the most painful version of suffering, that of raped women.

Besa Luzha - a prominent activist in Kosovo

A show full of powerful emotions about memories of wars, losses, scars on the body and soul, the pain caused and the strength of the woman who transcends everything .. Although the Turkish-Armenian context, the suffering of our people in the last war is the same. Congratulations to Vlora Nikci, Armend Baloku and the whole team. I felt privileged to be in public, experienced it very strongly.

Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman/ Kosovo war survivor

As one of the 20,000 survivors of sexual violence and also a direct participant in this show, it was very exciting for me. The narration of the show, especially the clothes of women raped during the war worn by actress Vlora Nikci, brought special and significant emotions to us. The show also had many funny moments that often distracted us from our pain. The beauty of this show is that in the end, the character of Setes, who interprets Vlora, despite the pain she has experienced in war, she triumphs and brings harmony to her home.

Since I'm not an actress, I thank Vlora Nikci for giving me the opportunity to be part of this show, to be part of our 20,000 beats on stage. I hope this show comes out all over the world to recognize our pain as a people.

Adriatik Kelmendi/ well-known journalist

The roles of Vlora and Armend are very well performed and worked beautifully on stage. The whole show made a strong emotional impression, not even a traumatic one.

Valerie Plesch /Jurnalist/Photographer Actress Vlora Nikçi wears a scarf belonging to a survivor of sexual violence from the Kosovo war. The scarf was given to the survivor after she was raped 20 years ago. I had photographed the survivor holding the same scarf last year and recognized it on Vlora during the rehearsal of the Beast on the Moon, a play by American playwright Richard Kalinoski about the Armenian genocide. The play is adapted to the Kosovo context - the war crimes, including sexual violence, that took place from 1998-99. Vlora and another actor in the play both wear clothes from the war, including a jacket from a man who was killed. That man’s wife attended the premiere of the play on Thursday night at the National Theater of Kosovo.

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