‘For in a real tragedy, it is not the hero who perishes; it is the chorus.’ (Joseph Brodsky, Nobel Lecture, 1987)
Time and again, artists are silenced for their beliefs and art. This show gives stories like these a voice. Because the real tragedy is not the death of the individual hero; it is the death of the chorus — in other words, the community.
A docu-fictional, digital theatre performance has been created that is based on the political show trial surrounding the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Kirill Serebrennikov, and the revolutionary movement in Belarus, in which women in particular are committed to visibility and solidarity. It explores discrimination, as well as the silencing and violent repression of artists.
Funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.
Thanks to: Elena Malchevskaya, Mitosis Coworking, Nastassia Muryn-Mukha, Raman Padaliaka, Mark Readhead, Takemesomewhere.Co.uk, Maxim Yosefi
Special thanks to: Maria Danilovich
Director and Author Ksenia Ravvina
Dramaturgy Tina Ebert
Videodesign and Posterdesign Daniel Hughes
Music and Sounddesign Alexandar Hadjiev
Light Design Iana Boitcova
Production Federico Vöcks de Schwindt, Francesca Spisto
Videoassistance Rocio Rodriguez
Translation Lisa Homburger, Rachel Mathews