She is the Land

Based on novels by Vasyl Stefanyk
Ivano-Frankivsk Music and Drama Theatre (42, Nezalezhnosti str), June 15, 18:00

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Ivano-Frankivsk Academic Music and Drama Theatre named after Ivan Franko (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine)
Based on novels by Vasyl Stefanyk
Directed by Rostyslav Derzhypilsky, Natalia Polovynka

“I was writing to tune and tighten the strings of our countryman’s soul to let the great Beethoven music appear” (Vasyl Stephanyk).

‘God’, ‘mother’, ‘son’, ‘land’, ‘road’ are the sacred images on the altar screen of the planet. Martyrs and saints cry out about mercy and love, about reunion of the mother and the son, about the end of war… This is a performance-lament of Mother-Land for murdered children, in which purgation, transformation of boundless pain into boundless hope is carried out through the sacred prayerful action. “The pain melted in God’s love regenerates into the spiritual entity, spiritual calling and power… This is a tightened string touched by the genius’s hand… Shevchenko, Franko, Stephanyk… and this sound is the anticipation of Ukraine that we are striving for…”

Natalia Polovynka
Oleh Tsiona
Oleksiy Hnatkovsky
Nadiya Levchenko
Viktor Abramyuk
Andriy Batyr
Ivan Blindar
Iryna Bunyak
Dmytro Kirhach
Oleksiy Leibyuk
Andriy Melnyk
Mykola Slyvchuk
Ivanna Sirko
Ivanna Terletska
Maryana Tymchyshyn
Liliya Yuskevych

… But the Wind…

Kinetic performance, dir. Vlad Troyitsky, DAKH Centre for Contemporary Art (Kyiv)
Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast Philharmonic (3, Lesia Kurbasa Str.), June 15, 20:00

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Kinetic performance
DAKH Centre for Contemporary Art (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Directed by Vlad Troyitsky

This is a story about life, encounter, love, separation, loneliness, hope… and then again life.
“There are three actors on the stage embodying different human personae, but there are only two characters: the human with all their feelings, hopes and conflicts; and the wind – silent and invisible – unconditional existence of which is probably the only possible form of dialogue with the human.“ (O.Pastushenko) It is the wind that fills the emptiness of the world, and it is the wind that propels people’s fates.
The stage setting is made of dozens of fans and a lot of cellophane. The music is formed by combination of noises of the stage and drums. The video mapping shapes the space of a fairytale dream.


A tribute to the generation of the XXth century
Ivano-Frankivsk Music and Drama Theatre (42, Nezalezhnosti str), June 16, 15:00

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Practicum theatre and DAKH Contemporary Art Centre
Author – Vira Makoviy
Director – David Petrosyan

“Buna” is basically a tribute to the generation of the XXth century that experienced the entire tragedy of the country – Holodomor, war, repressions. They bear in their hearts thousands of unwritten events that no one will ever read about and thousands of unheard songs that no one will ever hear. It is a true story of a family with ‘buna’ (‘grandmother’ in Bukovyna dialect) and her granddaughter living under one roof but in completely different worlds. Buna raises her granddaughter the way she finds proper, though sometimes her actions appear to be harsh and unjustified. The young girl decides to move abroad to start a new life there. But will the tree get rooted into a new ground? What is the way? To pursue the dream or to keep the family values? To endure oppression or to start a struggle for liberation? What is it that holds people in their Motherland? What are conscience of the nation, traditions and culture in the modern world?

The young team of PRACTICUM spent one month living in a village where time seemed to have come to a halt. They were observing life of local people and the generation of nonagenarians, recording authentic songs and traditions. And these observations are featured in the performance.

Khrystia Fedorak (Buna)
Ania Snihur (Orysia)
Ivan Sharan (Mytro)
Marichka Shtyrbulova (Yilyk)
Semen Kysly (Petro)
Songs and music – Anna Glukhenka and Marichka Shtyrbulova

A Hunger Artist

Dir. Eimuntas Nekrošius, Meno Fortas Theatre (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Ivano-Frankivsk Music and Drama Theatre (42, Nezalezhnosti str), June 16, 18:00

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Produced by Meno Fortas Theatre (Vilnius, Lithuania)
with a support of Lithuanian Culture Council
by Franz Kafka
Directed by Eimuntas Nekrošius
Stage design by Marius Nekrošius
Costume design by Nadežda Gultiajeva

In Nekrošius interpretation, this short novel by Franz Kafka turns into “the Absolute Artist’s fate sketch”. The hunger artist revels in his power and ability to overcome hunger. He is driven by the desire for fame and recognition. Yet he faces lack of understanding. Regardless of being doomed to solitude among people, the hunger artist is committed to his calling. And then, his fame relentlessly flickering out, he seals himself to a miserable existence in the circus – for the sake of art…

“The performance leaves a strong bitter inexplicable impression. This is a little masterpiece of Nekrošius which you feel like sharing with the dearest people, bringing it in your pocket, holding it out and saying: “Make sure to watch it!”

Viktorija Kuodytė as A Hunger Artist
Vygandas Vadeiša
Vaidas Vilius
Genadij Virkovskij

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Dir. Dmytro Bohomazov, Andriy Saminin, Kyiv Academic Drama and Comedy Theatre on the Left bank
Ivano-Frankivsk Music and Drama Theatre (42, Nezalezhnosti str), June 17, 13:00

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Co-production of Kyiv Academic Drama and Comedy Theatre on the Left bank of the Dnipro River and Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television named after Ivan Karpenko-Kary
Author – William Shakespeare
Translated by Yuri Andrukhovych
Directed by Dmytro Bohomazov, Andriy Saminin
Stage and costume design by Petro Bohomazov
Choreography by Oleksiy Sklyarenko
Music design by Oleksandr Behma

This is one of the most joyous Shakespearean comedies, full of jokes and flaming optimism, named after the Twelfth Night which would crown the biggest winter holiday Yule – observing of Winter Solstice – in the olden days. The Twelfth Night is the night that gives birth to a new year and a new cycle of life. At the Twelfth Night, all worlds’ gates are open and all their dwellers get together to welcome a new life with a festive feast. This night is believed to be the most peaceful time in a year, when even evil spirits deserve greetings and holiday treatment. In this playful and comic story with funny pranks and perky tricks everybody is dreaming about love but, as it often happens, they fall in love with those who do not share their feelings. A range of intrigues, maneuvers, disguises, confessions and pointless duels finally end up in the most improbable way – all barriers get ruined in the face of true love and those, who seemed to have been hopelessly lost, show up out of the blue.

Makar Tykhomyrov (Duke Orsino)
Maria Zanyborsch (Viola)
Anastasiya Pustovit (Olivia)
Khrystyna Lyuba (Maria)
Oleksandr Rudynsky (Sir Toby Belch)
Pavlo Shpehun (Sir Andrew Aguecheek)
Oleksandr Koval (Malvolio)
Oleksandr Behma (Feste, the jester)
Mykhailo Dadalev (Fabian)
Maksym Kyrychenko (Curio)
Oleksandr Bodnar (Sebastian)
Artem Shemet (Antonio)
Yevhen Hryhoriyev
Borys Savenko
Hanna Pavlyk


William Shakespeare transl. by Yuri Andrukhovych, dramma per musica
Ivano-Frankivsk Music and Drama Theatre (42, Nezalezhnosti str), June 17, 18:00

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Dramma per musica
Ivano-Frankivsk Academic Music and Drama Theatre named after Ivan Franko (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine)
William Shakespeare translated by Yuri Andrukhovych
Directed by Rostyslav Derzhypilsky
Music by Roman Grygoriv, Illia Razumeiko
Costume design by Lesia Golovach
Choreography by Olga Semioshkina

Wake up, Prince, and sing, wake up and revenge… Welcome to hell in underground session style! They dream about Hamlet in the dark and chilly crypt again… It’s a deadly dream which is heavier than gravestones under ashes of epochs, a dream in which the dead are doomed to die again and again since Hamlet keeps raving about the eternal like Universe “to be or not to be”. This is a present-day tragedy of the eternal mistakes of mankind which come from vicious cravings for power, money and other temptations. All characters exist in the enclosed gloomy space unreached by the light of truth where people and rats dwell together and do not notice it when distinctions between them blur out. What is it? A gaily interpreted Shakespearean play or a funny trick, an apocalyptic prophecy or simply a nightmare?

Oleksiy Hnatkovsky (Hamlet)
Irma Vitovska-Vanza (Gertrude)
Yuriy Khvostenko (Claudius)
Dmytro Rybalevsky (Polonius)
Anastasiya Blazhchuk (Ophelia)
Ivan Blindar (Laertes)
Yevhen Kholodnyak (Fortinbras)
Halyna Barankevych, Nadiya Levchenko, Olesya Pasichniak (Three witches – Erinyes – Deities of vengeance)
Vladyslav Komunytsky, Viktor Abramyuk, Andriy Batyr, Andriy Melnyk, Mykola Slyvchuk (monks)
Roman Hryhoriv (conductor, contrabass, Ghost of Hamlet’s Father)
Illia Razumeiko (synthesizer, Yorik)
Janna Marchynskaya (cello)
Andrey Nadolskiy (percussion)
Nazar Spas (French horn)

Pythian Oratorio

Dir. Włodzimierz Staniewski, Centre for Theatre Practices GARDZIENICE (Poland)
Ivano-Frankivsk Music and Drama Theatre (42, Nezalezhnosti str), June 18, 18:00

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«Ancient Marathon of Theatre Gardzienice – Iphigenia in Aulis and Pythian Oratorio (diptych)»
Centre for Theatre Practices GARDZIENICE (Poland)
based on Euripides, Seven Wise Men from Delphi, Herodotus
Directed by Włodzimierz Staniewski
Music by Zygmunt Konieczny, Mikołaj Blajda
Adaptation of Ancient Greek music by Maciej Rychły

Time and taste change, but never does human nature. “Iphigenia in Aulis” is an ancient Greek tragedy, which sounds very contemporary today in the time of terrible ordeals. This is a tragedy of choice between basic human values such as life, family, love, and the highest values of religion and patriotism. The characters find themselves under the heavy pressure of political circumstances and are bound to submit to relentless challenges of the time and society’s claims. This is a tragedy of inevitability of human sacrifice on the altar of higher values.
«Pythian Oratorio» is based on the Seven Wise Men’s aphorisms (particularly those by Solon of Athens, Thales of Miletus, Chiton of Sparta and others) and prophecies of Pythia of Delphi: “Be Yourself. Know Thyself. Listen to everything. Perceive what you have heard. Grieve for no one.” For millennia, these carved in stone ancient Greek commandments and recorded by priests inspiring oracle’s prophecies have been regarded as pearls of worldly wisdom and sagacity of Mediterranean civilization.

This inimitable performance is a feast for one’s eyes and ears. Here the inherent dynamics and might of GARDZIENICE are combined with lyricism and daintiness. In this performance, Włodzimierz Staniewski explores syncretic form of colours, movements and sounds. Using the now famous GARDZIENICE movements and sounds the director designs the world in which we believe so much, that it is impossible to distinguish it from the reality… It is the largest phenomenon of Staniewski’s theatre – the incredible imagery and its impact on our imagination.»

Cast: Mariusz Gołaj, Marcin Mrowca, Joanna Holcgreber, Magdalena Pamuła, Anna Dąbrowska, Dorota Kołodziej, Maciej Gorczyński, Kacper Lech, Tetiana Oreshko, Karolina Skrzyńska.
Musicians: Karolina Rudaś (violin), Lyubomyr Ishchuk (drums), Rafał Granat (piano), Filip Pysz (trumpet), Kamil Gosek (bas), Szymon Kałużny (violin).