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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

One of the most significant contemporary Ukrainian theater directors, Meritorious Artist of Ukraine, theater teacher. He has created some thirty productions in Ukraine and abroad (in Russia Poland, and France). Initially, he studied electrical engineering at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, but he discontinued his studies and turned to the performing arts. He was admitted to Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University as part of the class under the instruction of E. Mitnicky. After having completed his degree in theatrical directing (1995), he worked as a director at the Kiyv Academic Theater of Drama and Comedy on the Left bank of the Dnieper. In 2001, he established the theater Vilna Stsenta (Free Stage), which merged with the Kiyv Academic Theater of Drama and Comedy on the Left bank of the Dnieper in 2012. He is one of the founders of the international festival Theatrical Platform. Since 2017, he has served as the artistic director of the Ivan Franko National Academic Theater.

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