Kammer 2

POLITIK IM FREIEN THEATER: ZVIZDAL [CHERNOBYL – SO FAR SO CLOSE]

BY BERLIN / IN UKRAINIAN WITH GERMAN SURTITLES

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After the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, Pétro and Nadia, both above the age of 80, refuse to leave the area and decide to stay as the only ones in their home town, Zvizdal. For more than 30 years, the married couple have been living a self-sufficient life in the isolated, remote area without neighbours nor relatives and devoid of any shopping facilities, transport connection, electricity, running water and telephone. Cathy Blisson, a journalist and a dramaturge, and the two Belgian multimedia artists Bart Baele and Yves Degryse, together known as the theatre group BERLIN, visited the couple regularly between 2011 and 2016 in the death zone. With film recordings and interviews, they impressively documented the daily lives of the couple amidst deprivation and isolation – in particular their attitude towards life as well as their handling with the loneliness, the rare visits, and the ever-increasing challenges posed by the self-sufficient way of life as they grow older. Many years of research have allowed to create a touching, multimedia performance about loneliness, survival, poverty, hope and the love of two old people. The footages are complemented by several true-to-scale models of Nadia’s and Pétro’s personal living spaces that are being repeatedly shown in the film. In this way, a unique cinematic and theatrical language has developed, which cannot be ascribed to any genre. The production “Zvizdal” directs the attention of the audience to people, whose livelihood has been permanently destroyed by a nuclear accident. How can a living be made in a region that has no access to the global economy and that even seems to be almost removed from the world map due to an omnipresent radiation? How can the theatre portray the people and their lives without capitalising them? “Zvizdal” provides a multi-layered, sensitive and respectful evening that reminds us of the price the globalised world community is ready to pay in exchange for its own comfort. Petro’s and Nadia’s stubborn insistence not to adjust to urban lives allows us to take a journey into the downsides of a privileged life. As such, established ideas of poverty and wealth are being put into question in the end.


In the context of the festival “Politik im Freien Theater” / November 1 to 11, 2018

MIT / WITH Nadia und Pétro Opanassovitch Lubenoc
KONZEPT / CONCEPT Bart Baele, Yves Degryse, Cathy Blisson
SZENOGRAFIE / SCENOGRAPHY Manu Siebens, Ina Peeters, BERLIN INTERVIEWS Yves Degryse, Cathy Blisson
KAMERA UND SCHNITT / CAMERA AND EDITING
Bart Baele, Geert De Vleesschauwer
TON / SOUND RECORDINGS Toon Meuris, Bas de Caluwé, Manu Siebens, Karel Verstreken
DOLMETSCHERIN / INTERPRETER Olga Mitronina
SOUNDTRACK Peter Van Laerhoven
BÜHNENBILD / CONSTRUCTION SET Manu Siebens, Klaartje Vermeulen, Dirk Stevens, Kasper Siebens, Kopspel, Rex Tee [stagiair]
TECHNIK / MECHANICS Joris Festjens, Dirk Lauwers
MODELL / SCALE MODEL Ina Peeters
MIT UNTERSTÜTZUNG VON / WITH THE HELP OF Puck Vonk, Rosa Fens en Thomas Dreezen
GRAFIK / GRAPHICS Jelle Verryckt
WEBSITE Stijn Bonjean
KOMMUNIKATION, PRODUKTION / COMMUNICATION, PRODUCTION Laura Fierens
GESCHÄFTSLEITUNG / BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Kurt Lannoye
ADMINISTRATIVE UNTERSTÜTZUNG / ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT Jane Seynaeve