Voskresinnia Theatre (Ukraine)
Lviv Theatre Voskresinnia was established in Lviv in 1990 on the wave of social transformations and Ukraine’s regained independence. The new stage was created as a result of an agreement between young actors from different Ukrainian towns, and they chose as a leader Yaroslaw Fedoryshyn, a graduate from the Faculty of Drama at the University of Kharkov and GITES in Moscow, a well-known artist and experienced theatre director.
The Voskresinnia Theatre quickly gained popularity, presenting world drama that had never been previously shown in Ukraine. Step by step, by combining traditional acting styles based on psychological insight with the modern visual form, the group has elaborated a specific stage formula of its own. For the last 20 years, Voskresinnia Theatre has performed in Poland, Germany, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, Latvia, Turkey, Iran, Egypt and South Korea. The company has won many prestigious awards at international festivals in Edinburgh, Novy Sad, Ljubljana and Maribor.
The most popular plays staged by the Voskresinnia Theatre are: Three Sisters by Chekhov, Road to Damascus by Strindberg, Giants from Mountains by Pirandello, Job by Wojtyla, Annunciation by Claudel, and recently Western Bay by Koltes.
Since 1996, the Theatre has been specialising in open-air productions, in which the artists establish live dialogue with the audience. The most popular open-air premieres of the company include Barylief’s Fiesta, The Saint and the Sinful, Danylo Halytskyi, Gloria, Job, Cherry Orchard, and recently To Meet Prospero and Pinsel’s Mystery Play. Thanks to these productions, with their momentum, pageantry and masterful acting, Voskresinnia has become an unquestionable leading street theatre in Ukraine. In 2010, in recognition of its artistic achievements, the theatre was conferred a highly prestigious title of the Academic Theatre by the Ukrainian Ministry for Culture.
Yaroslav Fedoryshyn organized the Golden Lion International Theatre Festival that takes place every other year in Lviv.
Date and place of presentation
23 June 9 p.m., Słodowiec Metro, Voskresinnia Theatre "The Seagull"
24 June 8 p.m., Rynek Nowego Miasta, Voskresinnia Theatre "The Seagull"
an interpretation of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece, The Cherry Orchard. According to Yaroslav Fedoryshyn, one of the most poignant and touching biographies presented in the art form of drama.
The Seagull apparently tells the story a young man, whose whole series of writers’ and love failures lead to a suicide. The play is actually a comedy about the passing of time, youth, and idealism, which are sarcastically upset by age and experience.
Chekov tell us about people who spend time on unproductive deliberations about real life that is awaiting them somewhere else, about the fiasco of searching for love that is different from one’s desires, about powerlessness and a lack of courage to follow one’s dreams. And about limitless loneliness in face of failure and defeat, if somebody ever tries.
In Chekov’s plays nothing is straightforward. The behaviour of the characters is flexible and indeterminate. The scenes of the life in the country depicted in the performance make the atmosphere a bit nostalgic. The director plays with the feelings of the audience, with their fantasies, and directs the audience to Shakespeare and Nekrošius.
The Seagull is a story of young artists with a very different outlook on life, an older generation who guard their old standpoints, wonderful love, and the search for the meaning of life, also in art.
Fireworks, fire and video projections complete the spectacular show.
The director said,
“I would like people to remember that they have wings within them, and all of us should fly. Because if our wings get broken we feel terrible. In the spectacle there are a lot of seagulls. We are all seagulls by nature. For the purpose of this performance special music score was composed. I find Chekov interesting, because according to him we all think that everything is ahead of us, but it turns out, everything is already behind us. Life is very short. We often don’t think about it. We have a lot to do while there is still time.”
A procession of characters is presented to the audience. They go round in a circle in the beginning of the play and during the whole play. Such walking in a circle does not allow the characters to step outside of it; everything starts and ends with this circle, despite the strong desire of Kostya and Nina to escape it...
Natalia Kowpańko, ispolkombrest, 12.09.2016
A seagull represents a lonely unhappy bird doomed to endlessly fly and call above water. The main female character Nina Zarechnaya identifies herself with such a seagull.
Irina Botvina , Brestskaja Gazeta, 16.09.2016
Not only Nina gets wings but Kostya too, and then Arkadina and other characters of the play get them as well. Even with one wing – they are seagulls with broken destiny. In order to fly up, they need fire in their souls, an impetus for life and creativity, but it dies down, never having started. People destroy this fire, just like Trigorin destroys Nina Zarechnaya, /…/. Only Treplev tries to fight; he believes that people need a new theater and new forms. He gives each lady one wing, but his attempts are useless – eventually men with burnt wings, representing ruin of hopes, start to spin around performing a bizarre dance. The refusal of creativity is a crime and seagulls, symbols of freedom, take their revenge. The old people still carry their heavy sacks with acquired possessions – their principles and foundations, because it is not that easy to let go. In the end, as envisioned by the director, only skeletons are left – this is all that remains of human life, passions and unfulfilled dreams.
Belaruski Partizan, 13.09.2017
Director, script writer, music arrangement: Yaroslav Fedoryshyn
Set design, costumes: Alla Fedoryshyn
Co-direction and light design: Krzysztof Dubiel
Video: Andrij Kogut
Sound: Sergiy Kondratovych
Cast: Nataliia Marchak, Nataliya Lukashonok, Halyna Strychak, Petro Mykytyuk, Volodymyr Hubanov, Volodymyr Chukhonkin, Taras Yurychko, Yurii Pylypchuk, Yevheniy Petrov, Chekmarov Oleksandr, Yaroslav Korniychuk.
Premiere - 14 June 2015 in Kalisz (LA STRADA Festival)