5th International Monodrama Festival THESPIS
10 to 17 November 2006 Kiel GERMANY

Friday, November 17 | 18:00 | Schauspielhaus (Studio)

performed by Lidiya Danylchuk (Ukraine)

written by Taras Shevchenko

directed by Iryna Volytska-Zubko

Taras Shevchenko has a unique place in Ukrainian cultural history and in world literature. His writings formed the foundation for modern Ukrainian literature. Shevchenko's poetry contributed greatly to the growth of Ukrainian national consciousness, and his influence on various facets of Ukrainian intellectual, literary, and national life is still felt to this day.

Based on the famous poem of Taras Shevchenko, ”The Dream” (1844), which combined in itself the characteristics of political satire and miracle-play, this performance is a poetical-philosophical reflection on the historical fate of Ukraine and, at the same time, a unique commentary in the cultural context about the first half of the 19th century, where Gogol, Pushkin and Mickiewicz intersected.

The lyrical hero of Shevchenko, in his dreams, flies above the Earth and is exposed to strange visions, similar to the apocalyptic visions of Dante and Goya. Like in a kaleidoscope, chimerical images appear and change: three ravens, which symbolize the bad powers of the Ukrainian, Russian and Polish nations; idylls of Ukrainian nature and pseudo national outpourings of feelings; military operations and drills; Petersburg with the tsar and tsarina, as despotic officials and imperial monuments. Phantasmagoria, visions, and images, presented in a parodic, sarcastic and grotesque display, refer to the tragedy of Ukrainian history.

This contemporary theatrical version of ”The Dream” appeals to the past, as well as to the current-day. It is a performance-parting with the totalitarian system in any of its form, with post-imperial syndromes and complexes of national inferiority.

Lidiya Danylchuk und Iryna Volytska-Zubko founded in Lviv the independent art-studio ”Theatre-in-Basket” with which they toured as far as Chicago (”Best of European Solo Acts” festival). They produced six critically acclaimed performances based on Ukrainian classics and Lidiya received high renown and many awards for her superior acting skills, both in Ukraine and abroad.

Language: Ukrainian
Length: 70 minutes

Kindly supported by Goethe-Institute

German premiere