Testament Shevchenko

Difficult and painful history of Ukraine – the time of plundering, arson, destruction in the incredibly beautiful and moving street show

Script based on the work of Taras Shevchenko – Iaroslav Fedoryshyn, set designe -Alla Fedoryshyna, lighting Iaroslav Fedoryshyn / Krzysztof Dubiel, sound Volodymir Pomirko

Cast:  Tetiana Tkachenko, Nataliya Marchak, Maria Kovalyk, Galina Strychak, Nataliia Lukashonok, Petro Mykytiuk, Volodymir Gubanov, Volodymir Geljas, Volodymir Chukhonkin, Taras Yurytchko, Lis Nazar, Yuriy Phylypchuk, Vasyl Bulat, Evgeniy Pietrov, Jarosław Korniychuk, Artur Temchenko, Valeriy Tolmachov.

The life of Taras Shevchenko, a great writer, poet, painter, prisoner of the labor camps, spiritual leader of the Ukrainian nation, told by the means of street theatre. Lviv artists will bring to light his brilliant work, how much current today, in the era of dramatic tensions in Ukraine.
Stilts, mobile machines, burning scenery elements and pyrotechnic effects will be used in a colourful show.

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Voskresinnia Theatre has a unique sense of street art. Their performances with very expressive art, unusually poetic, take on a lazy rhythm by a unique beauty scene with rich art. On the street they use everything that open space likes – stilts, fireworks, live fire, vehicles and platforms. The theatre is firmly rooted in Ukrainian culture and tradition draws from folk ornaments, symbols and paintings. Shevchenko is an icon and a national symbol for Ukrainians. “He lived 47 years. As a free man, he survived 9. He was born as a serf peasant. At the age of 24, he was bought from serfdom. Then he spent 10 years in exile. This was the life of Taras Shevchenko, the most eminent Ukrainian poet. Father of modern Ukrainian literature. ” Shevchenko – a man who symbolizes the fate of Ukrainians. His poem “Roars and groans wide Dniepr” was for them a hymn, when this state was forbidden and when the Russification of Ukraine stopped the development of the national language and when it disappeared from public life and the church. It was Shevchenko who established his native language in literary language and began to create poetry in it. Persecuted, under surveillance, with a ban on writing, embedded in the Novopietrovska fortress, he became a symbol of free thought and a national hero. Shevchenko’s life in the theatre performance by

Novopietrovska fortress, he became a symbol of free thought and a national hero. Shevchenko’s life in the theatre performance by Voskresinnia is a pretext for a broader look at the difficult and painful history of Ukraine – a country where time is set by the seasons, crying of women whose men sing intensely sad songs in prisons and crying newborn children who never know their fathers, and time plunder, arson, destruction from the Russian invaders.
The Voskresinnia Theatre is extremely connected to the natural order of the world. Melancholy and reflective. And at the same time extremely beautiful and moving. And just like the performance of the Russian The Theater Company Mr Pejo`s Wandering Dolls extremely current. Economical acting goes hand in hand with an unobtrusive message, which although appeals to a very specific biography and history is simultaneously universal, and the artistic form rich in Ukrainian motifs strongly accentuates cultural sources, which shows Ukraine as a country with a complex and deeply rooted tradition.
You can not look at this spectacle only as a series of attractive paintings. It causes much more complex emotions – emotion, understanding, willingness to support. That’s why it comes naturally to the mind to shake the hand of the actors after the performance and thank them.
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40. ZLT: Spectacular “Testament Shevchenko”

A strong chord ended with the 40th Zamosc Theatre Summer. Lviv Theatre Voskresinnia staged a spectacular street show “Testament Shevchenko”, whose script was based on the work of the national bard Taras Shevchenko (12.07.).

Two-time laureate of Hetman Mace, for “Job” from 2004 and “To Meet Prospero” from 2009 – Voskresinnia Theatre from Lviv conquered the hearts of the Zamość audience for the fifth time with a characteristic stage formula combining traditional psychological acting with an innovative art form.
Every premiere for Iaroslav Fedoryshyn is looking for the most appropriate means of stage expression from scratch and building a formula of the Theatre, close to the heart, and expressing the anxiety of the times in which he had to live and create. For incredibly interesting stagings – I think that the audience will include the “Testament Shevchenko”, a spectacle which premiered in 2014 in Lviv, the 200th anniversary of the birth of a Ukrainian writer, poet, painter and national hero who first raised the speech of Ukrainian peasants to the rank of literary language and he created poetry in this language.
Iaroslav Fedoryshyn used all the stage means to refer to our senses in this absolutely extraordinary spectacle: sight, hearing and, above all, imagination. In my opinion, crowning this year’s jubilee edition of the Theatre Summer of the Year “Testament Shevchenko” was a spectacle extremely expressive and brilliant, for a long time in the memory. It was fabulously colourful, with a rich and varied set design, full of poetic stanzas, also magic, enchanting music and extremely expressive. With this vastness of stage means and dramaturgy, the spectacle caused a remarkable intensity of artistic experiences, in my opinion, deserving of “Super the Hetman Mace “.
“Testament Shevchenko” is a picture of the nineteenth-century Ukraine seen through the eyes of the bard. He was born as a son of a serfish peasant, orphaned by his parents, becoming a servant of a village owner who met his artistic talent. Then he accompanies you in an expedition to Vilnius and St. Petersburg, where he undertakes the science of drawing and learns the life of the upper classes. He gains freedom and, as a famous painter and poet, travels through Ukraine drawing drawings of historical mementos. Subsequently, he works in the Brotherhood of Cyril and Methodius, which sought to liberate the national Ukraine. For this activity he is arrested, he goes to the criminal corps, he is under close supervision and daily, devastating drills, successive exile and hard work at building the fortress. In the wild he does not entertain the debts, he is arrested again for inciting the people. After his release, he has no right to reside in Ukraine. He dies at the age of 47. A year before his death, he became a real member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts.
The performance is a poetic journey on the Dnieper, to places close to the protagonist of the spectacle, to the world to which he devoted his poetic work, to the world for which he fought for independence, a world that no longer exists. Pictures from this fascinating journey trigger the imagination in the viewer, the more that the life stages of Shevchenko enriched adequate music for the stage and very symbolic stanzas from his “Testament”, which was an open call to national agreement, and then to the struggle to regain independence, but also sentences judgments that deprived the artist of the ability to write and paint. The performance begins with a kind of procession, a procession whose participants carry a specific frame, fence elements made of planks. Their heads are covered by mock-ups of houses symbolizing Ukrainian villages. This scene is accompanied by Ukrainian choral singing.

Along with the change of classical music, we can hear stanzas describing the landscape of Ukraine – steppes, fields of cereals, poplars. The viewer will observe Taras Shevchenko at the easel, painting the road to him. The next scene will bring us closer to having fun. It is symbolized by folk costumes, wedding cortices dressed in colorful ribbons and chants and dancing inhabitants of the village, to which a painter and poet descends from the platform. Orthodox church bells sound, and a moment later women sway babies in the basins, singing lullabies to them. All these scenes are recorded by the hero of art.
The change of the tone of music and on the stage, which became the Great Market, a rural car appears, and with it, with their everyday home work, the inhabitants of the village. Some make a canvas, others wear water. Knockers will announce the entry of characters on stilts, with withe in hand, symbolizing Orthodox church hierarchy. The next scene will show hard work in the field under the supervision of a guardian armed with a whip. The Ukrainian dumka will be accompanied by the arrival of itinerant blind people – bagpipes, bandits and lyricists, who sang songs about the past of Ukraine, and young Shevchenko gladly listened to. Again, we see working women, this time with reels. The figures with sticks in their hands will arrive on stilts in a march. Taras Shevchenko, who has already dropped the stored cards from the platform, joins the platform in a strange dance, entangles in woven threads coming out of reels, with which women do not part, or step, as with Shevchenko, it is not parting with Shevchenko, youthful rural shepherd. Male church voices accompany the scene symbolizing attachment to the role of the serf peasant.
The sounds of the famous Waltz No. 2 of Dmitri Shostakovich will invoke the stay of Taras Shevchenko in St. Petersburg. Candlesticks, beautiful costumes – long ladies ‘dresses, mens’ tailcoats and poet whirling in a white coat. The added value of these scenes is falling snow, fireballs and impressive fireworks. For this Russian officers on stilts and card table. In the background, we will hear the poems of Shevchenko: “There is no hell, no paradise, no God – only me.” There is also a cry: “The fame of Ukraine!” And the waltz continues. It is interrupted by the appearance of Russian soldiers, the arrest of the poet and the reading of an order prohibiting the artist from painting and writing. Poetic words of longing for the “beloved country, Ukraine” and the question “for which God punishes them and punish them hard” will fall. The next scene – weble and drill performance will depict the stay of Taras Shevchenko in the penal colony. Then, the exiles will show us with the elements of the railing, a synonym for the restriction of freedom. The singing and the sight of pregnant women will bring back memories of homes and families to the prisoners, and the longing and despair of the first.
A strong accent of the spectacle will be burning structures resembling churches, churches, manors and country huts. This view is observed by the artist from the height of the platform, which can symbolize – according to his wishes – the place of his burial – the hill, from where there is a view of the Ukrainian villages and fields, rocks and the Dnieper stream. He also sees desperate women who seek God’s help. The dramatic scene is reinforced by the male choral singing. The performance ends with the exposition of nine self-portraits of Taras Shevchenko and next to them – pregnant women gazing at the image of a national bard that is a kind of icon, a man who symbolizes the fate of Ukrainians. There are still verses of poems with a punch line: God’s will! An optimistic sign is the basket of a group of storks and music, which sounds to revolt against the oppressors and fight for the independence of the country. The momentum, the spectacular nature of the performance, the intricate acting of the actors and the extraordinary music brought the artists recognition of the Zamość audience.
Teresa Madej