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The theater "fixes" the improvised spaces in the Palace of Youth

The National Theater of Kosovo for the months of January and February has been on "pause" in terms of repertoire. It will be like this for most of March. The reason is the renovation of the Amphitheater of the Palace of Youth and Sports, as a shelter that uses it because of the closure of the institution's building to restore it.

The intervention in the Amphitheater was undertaken as a step to make some improvements in terms of the premises where the audience sits and also in the plaster. Opportunities have been created for the better functioning of the accompanying elements of the shows. For the Ministry of Culture, all this is not small news.

"The renovation of the Amphitheater of the Palace of Youth has been completed. The artists of the National Theater of Kosovo now have a dignified space to practice and give performances", it is written in the announcement of MKRS. According to this institution, this renovation will bring a more suitable environment for artistic performances and provide a better experience for all those who frequent the theater. More or less the same thing has been said in a post on social networks by the Minister of Culture, Hajrulla Çeku.

According to the general director of TKK, Kushtrim Sheremeti, a much more comfortable room has been made within that limited space to work.

"We hope that that space will always remain a chamber theater stage", he said. The chairs of the hall of the Theater building have already been placed there, while the existing ones have been packed and sent to the warehouses of the Palace of Youth. There are a total of 201 seats for the public.

"We have added lighting and new mixes. Despite the limitations of the stage for large shows we now have greater comfort for larger productions. The big works have been completed and now some details remain. We aim to intervene in the wardrobe this year as well", said Sheremeti. There will be no regular repertoire until March 19. On that day, it is planned to premiere the play "Kamarja e turpit" written by Ismail Kadare and directed by Kushtrim Koliq.

The renovation of the Amphitheater, which had started last month, according to the contract provided for the removal of the existing floor and the installation of a new one, the supply of curtains, lighting, the removal of the carpet there and its replacement with a new one. Removing the construction and electrical installation in the stage area, painting the walls and ceilings, were also on the list. The contract also includes the supply of laptops and other technical tools for the audio and visual part on stage.

At the same time, the exercise spaces of "Shota" were under renovation. With less work there were interventions in the rehearsal halls of the national song and dance ensemble. The interventions there focused mainly on the floor. The parquet was considered damaged and unsuitable for the exercises held by "Shota". The works have been completed and now "Shota" and the National Ballet of Kosovo practice there. The ballet, like the theater, is without a home because they used the same building. Last month, the ballet held rehearsals for the show "Rebounds. A Basketball", choreographed by Germans Friederike Lampert and Jochen Roller. It was announced that the "Shota" exercise hall - inaugurated after renovation more than a decade ago - will be under renovation for two weeks. They had two options in front of them: stop rehearsals and fail the show or find a space. They asked a private entrepreneur for space. And they worked there until the premiere.

Through a contract, the amphitheater of the Palace of Youth and the two exercise halls of "Shota" with the works reach the figure of 146 thousand euros.

On the other hand, the closed building of the National Theater of Kosovo through the invention of MKRS that it poses a risk remains in the same condition. There is still no approved detailed project to restore this monument. There is no mention of a deadline for starting the works.

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The intervention in the Amphitheater was undertaken as a step to make some improvements in terms of the premises where the audience sits and also in the plaster. Opportunities have been created for the better functioning of the accompanying elements of the shows...