Voice is a leitmotif of the whole programme of this year's festival. The past, which has changed the history of Kyiv and the global history forever, will resonate in our theatre programme with the voices of the Babyn Yar history.
We are in for a poetic and musical performance based on Marianna Kiianovska's poetry collection "Babyn Yar. Voices".
This project was conceived by Oleg Liptsyn, an American and Ukrainian theatre director. Along with the professional actors ordinary people have been attracted by this topic and have taken part in the performance in order to try to correlate our today's life and outlook with the lives of the people in the past in a joint artistic effort. Monologues-confessions will make it possible to reveal Babyn Yar in ourselves. And, having understood the grief, to make ourselves a gift of hope, a desire to love life and remain optimistic.
"Voices" are expected to become not just a première. It's a collective memory. And a belief that life goes on despite all troubles!
Marianna Kiianovska is a Ukrainian poetess, prose writer, translator and literary scholar.
Oleg Liptsyn is an American and Ukrainian theatre director, actor, theatre scholar and educator.