MORITURI TE SALUTANT
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