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By novels of Vasyl Stefanyk



Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theatre, Kyiv, Ukraine

Director: Dmytro Bogomazov

Performed in Ukrainian with Hungarian and English subtitles.

2 hours 20 minutes with 1 breaks.

“Morituri te salutant” is a performance, made by stories of Ukrainian master of psychological novels Vasyl’ Stefanyk (1871 - 1936). His works mostly have tragic direction, depict everyday rural life. The drama taking place day by day, even without understanding the meaning and essence of the heroes in them.

The staging of stories that was embodied by its director Dmytro Bogomazov is a second theatre appeal to Stefanyk’s works. In 2006 director Oleksand Bilozub has established performance “Hungry sin” by the novel “News” in the lobby theater.

At the heart of today's version are such novellas: “The Tavern”, “Very Alone”, “Vespers Hour”, “Holy Night”, “May”, “Dream”, “Sons”, “Sin”, “Everything we have is a holiday”. They tell us everyday stories: about parents and children, male and female, birth and death, dreams and reality, hard work and eternal hope. In these themes, as in life, are constantly intertwined tragic and comic situations. Different events, different characters, but the main thing unites them: theme of the human dignity. Whatever kind of test fate would not send to people, whatever limit in the moral and physical difficulty person would not reach, it has to stand and hold, anyway. Even on the threshold of eternity to be ready for a challenge with the life.
 For the director Dmytro Bogomazov (who works with Stefanyk not at the first time) the main task was to find inside composition of performance, which referred to all the polyphony of themes and images with gaining the final theatrics. The result of it was a creation of a musical form of the play as the resonator of perception of events mentioned in the performance. Music in performance creates some enigmatic atmosphere, metaphoric imagery and at the same time, the openness of democratic action. That music, the song reveals subtle, secret movements of the soul, its doubts, suffering purifies it and gives a hope.


Grandmother, girl: Ksenia Basha-Dovzhenko
Girl: Ksenia Vertyns’ka
Girl: Susanna Karpenko
Girl: Tetyana Mikhina
Old man: Vasyl’ Basha
Boy: Ivan Zalus’kiy
Boy: Olexandr Pecherytsya
Boy: Renat Settarov
Boy: Oleksandr Formanchuk


Director – Dmytro Bogomazov
Set designer – Oleksandr Druganov
Musical director – Susanna Karpenko
Choreographer – Olga Semioshkina
VJ  – Oleksandr Rozhkov
Lighting designer – Hanna Vakhovska
Sound operator – Oleksandr Kryshtal
Deputy stage manager – Mariia Savka



Dmytro Bogomazov

Kaszás Attila Stage
Dmytro Bogomazov

Dmytro Bogomazov

Ukranian director, theatre theacher, Honoured Artist of Ukraine. He was born in 1964, and spent his childhood and went to school in a small town near Kharkiv. Initially, he studied electronic engineering at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, but he discontinued his studies and turned to the performing arts. He was admitted to Kyiv National Ivan Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. While still studying stage direction, Dmytro Bogomazov created the performance «Enchantress» («The Fortuneless Maiden») by I. Karpenko-Kary, which was awarded the Debut of the Year in 1993, and later went down in Ukrainian theatre history as an example of modern adaptation of classical Ukrainian play. У 1993-2000 та 2011-2017 he worked as a director at the Kyiv Academic Drama and Comedy Theatre on the Left bank of the Dnieper. In 2001 Dmytro Bogomazov have founded Theatre “Vilna Scena” (Open Stage) and until 2011 worked as its artistic director. He is the founder of international Theatre Platform Festival (2002). Since 2017 Dmytro Bogomazov is a chief director of Ivan Franko National Theatre. He has created some 40 productions in Ukraine and abroad (in Poland, France, Russia). Including: W. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night,1995 and 2017; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2003; Hamlet, 2009; Othello,2004; Sweet Dreams (an adaptation of Richard III),2008; Coriolanus, 2018; Sophocles’ Oedipus, 2003; Philoktet-Concert, 1998; an adaptation of novellas by L. Pirandello: Some Wine…or 70 turns, 1996; after the novellas by T. Mann: Deceived one, 1999; after the novellas by Е.-Т.-А.Hofman’s: Throat «SANCTUS», 2001; Georg Buechner’s Woyzeck, 2014; B.-М. Koltés’ Roberto Zucco, 2004; R. Schimmelpfennig’s A Woman From The Past, 2007; an adaptation of Mykhailo Bulgakov novel Morphin, 2002; an adaptation of novellas by V. Stefanyk: Morituri te Salutant, 2003 and 2013; Ivan Franko’s Stolen Happiness, 2020 and other. Works of Dmytro Bogomazov were presented at many international theatre festivals in Ukraine, France, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Sweden, Norway, Israel, China. He received numerous theatre awards in Ukraine, including the Shevchenko National Prize, the highest artistic award of Ukraine.


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