Three days of art, activism, and new friendships
November 28, 2023
October 19, 2022
At the Dodona Theater in Prishtina, October 18, 2022, the premiere of the theatrical performance “Top Girls” directed by Shkurtë Aliu was presented. “Top Girls” came in a modern version, as a co-production of Artpolis – Art and Community Center with the Prishtina City Theater “Dodona”.
Marlena, a successful London businesswoman who last night celebrated her promotion at work, organized a dinner, her guests were not friends, family members or colleagues; however, they were women plucked from history, art, and mythology, women from medieval Europe, nineteenth-century England, and thirteenth-century Japan, as well as women who were the subjects of famous paintings and stories composed by men, of which showed how patriarchy has affected – and often destroyed – women’s lives throughout history.
Among them were Izabela, a writer, explorer and naturalist of the nineteenth century; Lady Nixho, a thirteenth-century concubine who became a wandering Buddhist nun; Greta, subject of a Flemish Renaissance painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder; Pope Joanna, a woman who disguised herself as a man and was appointed Pope in the Middle Ages; and Griselda, a character from the stories of Boccaccio and Chaucer, whose obedience to her husband in the face of terrible abuse made her a legend.
By: Caryl Churchill
Directed by: Short Aliu
Cast: Donike Ahmeti, Vjosë Tasholli, Molike Maxhuni, Zhaneta Xhemajli, Zana Berisha, Blerta Gubetini
Scenography: Bekim Korça
Costumes: Arbnor Brahimi
Music: Trimor Dhomi
Choreography: Robert Nuha
Lighting design: Skender Latifi
Stage technicians: Albert Gashi, Bedri Maloku, Fadil Bekteshi
Production assistant: Elira Lluka
Makeup artist: Flora Hasani, Myrvete Tahiri
“Top Girls” was organized within the project “HumanRightivism” implemented by the Community Development Fund – CDF, supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Prishtina.