based on Karol Wojtyla Job

PEARL – Jury Prize of the 4th International Festival of Central European Theatres “Neighbors” in Lublin (Poland)

Screenplay and directed Iaroslav Fedoryshyn
Set and costumes Alla Fedoryshyna (honoured artist of Ukraina), lighting Evgeniy Pietrov, sound Mykola Kshanovski.

Cast: Tetiana Tkachenko, Nataliya Marchak/ Galyna Strychak, Nataliya Łukashonok, Petro Mykytiuk (honoured artist of Ukraina), Wolodymir Gubanov ((honoured artist of Ukraina)), Wołodymir Chukhonkin, Taras Yuryczko, Yuriy Pylypchuk, Yurij Shorobura.

There will be 6 structures covered with packing paper on the square. After dark, the performance will begin. With the sounds of the storm, the structures will come to life and figures on stilts dressed in begging robes will come out. This procession, like a choir in a Greek tragedy, will continue to accompany the protagonist of the performance. The viewers will witness the happiness and drama of Job – the loss of property, the death of children.

A choir of mourners will appear, which, despite Job’s despair, nevertheless proclaims hope: “strengthen your faith and repent, and only in this way will you cleanse your soul.” Jute costumes are enriched with white, red or black fabrics, enhancing the drama of the action. The Voskresinnia Theatre first created a stage performance with texts by Karol Wojtyla. The performance delighted with singing stylized as Orthodox churches. Later, an open-air spectacle was created. Only a story enriched with spectacular theatrical means and transformed into a great spectacle remains of an intimate performance in a closed space, moving and touching. Here, too, the idea of the performance touches upon the relationship between God and man – linear dependence when God gives and God takes. For the 19th-century French writer Gustav Flaubert, the biblical Book of Job was the most beautiful poem in the world. Before that, she had touched Voltaire strongly and Byron. Polish poet Jan Kochanowski in Threnes wrote about his grief to God in a similar tone. The contemporary French writer and philosopher Francoise Chirpaz in his interpretation of this work subtitled The Poem of Hope, because, in his opinion, this book makes us “stop at the abyss of despair. Karol Wojtyła’s Job, interpreted by Yaroslav Fedoryshyn, emphasizes the timelessness of the Old Testament history. Show lasts 60 minutes.



The Job’s Beginning of the Confrontation. XXXIV Opole Theatre Confrontations “Polish Classic” began on Thursday evening. On April 16, the non-competitive performance Job staged by the Voskresinnia Theatre in Lviv. The performance was peculiar in that it took place on the Opole market square, which could attract audiences not necessarily interested in the theatre. Also, the form of the performance could have been much freer than that with which the theatre enthusiast has to deal with on a daily basis. (…) The impression could be made in this case by the very suggestive words spoken by the teacher (…) and the music, also very well suited to the atmosphere of the performance, at times purely ethnic, at other times as strictly folktronic, abstract or experimental compositions , but skillfully woven into the art itself, well corresponding to it and colorizing it sensually. Lighting effects should also be praised, regardless of whether they were flares, sparklers, torches, or “flaming chalices”. It seemed that the cool, sometimes gusty wind was an ally of the Ukrainians that evening, which positively influenced the reception of the whole. Piotr Hamedinger, Dziennik Teatralny Katowice

(…) we are dealing with an open-air theatre, where it must be assumed that the audience is random and among connoisseurs, there are passers-by and onlookers, and the street scene is turning towards them. Formal measures do not require intellectual acrobatics from the viewer, but they are clear and moving, although obvious. The aesthetics of the performance fits perfectly with its message, bringing to mind the vanity of this world and the humble whispering “God has given – God has taken”. Ashes, nothingness, passing – gloomy thoughts and associations, reflections that would have breathed hopelessness if they had not raised the moment of exaltation, when Job’s battered eyes finally smile. Piercing music, sometimes like from “The Last Temptation …”, sometimes like from the Orthodox Church. The entire spectacle is dark, although illuminated with fire and flares, fully reflecting the unfortunate condition of a man who, apart from humility, trust and hope, has nothing left. bg

(…)There was also a skilful combination of extremely expressive means of expression, which are the showcase of this theatre, with a timeless interpretation of the work, which this time was Job from the poem by Karol Wojtyla. The Voskresinnia Theatre has once again shown that important and difficult content can be presented using the entire arsenal of resources at the disposal of street theatres. The Job featured stilt walkers, fire dancing, pyrotechnic effects, fascinating costumes and moving music. Importantly, these sometimes even circus performances were so integrated into the performance that they did not strip it of its drama in any way. On the contrary, each of the elements of the scenery and choreography created a great spectacle about the relationship between man and God. Monika Rozalska, Nowy Dzwon

The performance, which they presented on the eve of Mercy Sunday on the outdoor stage in front of the Upper Church, the Sanctuary of Saint John Paul II in Krakow, does not give easy answers to life’s difficult questions. And that’s good, because the atmosphere created by the actors proves their professionalism and good knowledge of the literary works of St. John Paul II.
(…) the possibility of exhibiting him (Job) in the sanctuary of St. John Paul II, on the eve of the holiday he established, it was a great honor for the actors from Lviv, but also a cause for joy and many emotions.
The artists also gave the viewers who came to the White Seas on Saturday evening an opportunity for emotion and serious reflection on life. It is impossible to remain indifferent to human suffering, which has been told in a very powerful and imaginative way. Because Job is experienced very cruelly, but, contrary to what Satan suggests, God does not punish him, but is with him every moment. Also when Job loses his relatives, property, health. God does not leave him even for a moment, and allows evil only to humiliate Satan. That Job’s faithfulness would triumph, indicating faith in God’s mercy. It is not without reason that the performance – a vivid and moving mystery directed by Yaroslav Fedoryshyn, was presented to Krakow viewers on this special evening. The theatre has become an invitation to participate in the celebrations of Divine Mercy Sunday, especially in the central celebrations at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, from where a spark of mercy spread throughout the world. It is worth adding that the atmosphere of anxiety, full of dramatic tension and anticipation of what would happen next, was intensified by Miron Dacko’s music. On the other hand, artists moving at times on stilts, and sometimes in a traditional way, tried to create a thread of understanding with the audience, drawing attention not only with their expressive play, but also with costumes (by Alla Fedoryshyna) and symbolic scenery (with fire or large, moving structures).
Monika Łącka , Gość Niedzielny

The performance “Job” at the John Paul II Center. There has never been such a mystery in Krakow yet. On the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday at the John Paul II Center in Krakow, an outdoor performance of the Lviv Theatre Voskresinnia based on the drama by Karol Wojtyla entitled Job . “It is a street and experimental theatre, using spectacular means” – that’s how the organizers of the show advertised it, and indeed no one who spent Saturday evening in front of the sanctuary of St. John Paul II could not be disappointed. The guests from Ukraine provided the viewers with a real exciting show, there were ladders and vehicles, stilt walkers and a live fire. Moreover, the performance, played after dusk, in the unusual scenery of “White Seas” took on even deeper expression.

  • It is something completely different that cannot be found every day, an alternative to what can be seen on the stages of theaters. Karol Wojtyla loved the theatre, I think he would be very impressed himself – argued Katarzyna Munk. Some, although skeptical at first, later watched with delight the performances of our eastern neighbors. Despite the late hour, a fairly large audience gathered around the fenced stage. – This is a very interesting drama, written a bit in the fashion of an ancient tragedy, but also in a specific language. Today it sounded in a completely different version, in symbolism, image, visual arts of white, black and red. Michal Henke,