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Dzyady (Forefathers’ Eve)

Dzyady (Forefathers’ Eve)
Dzyady (Forefathers’ Eve)
Duration: 150 minutes (no intermission)
  • 05 oct 2016, 19:00
Brest Academic Drama Theatre, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Brest, Belarus

Ritual drama after the poem by Adam Mickiewicz

Premiere – September 12th, 2015

The «Dzyady» (Forefathers’s Eve) poem by Adam Mickiewicz is a part of our common history, Belarusian and Polish, in which national identity is not something that is given to us from above, but what we create ourselves.
The basis of the plot in Brest version is a detective investigation in one of the tiny villages in Polessje, which aimed to identify the initiators of the expected conspiracy against the Tsar. The driving force of the plot is a Poet-wanderer seeking answers to the questions which are now known only to the dead. Restoring the ritual of Dzyady, he enables the living to hear the dead in order to understand, forgive and let the dead rest in peace.
The ritual theatre form developed by the Polish production group and Brest actors helps to reconstruct the stories, which are impossible to tell in words, but can be shown and reconstructed with the help of the audience. The audience, like an antique choir, becomes co-creators of the play.

Direction and musical arrangement Pawel Passini (Poland)
Scenography Elena Lola Loly (Poland)
Stage version Patricia Dolowy (Poland)
Video Maria Porzyc (Poland)
Translated from Polish by Serge Minskevich

Cast: Tamara Levchuk, Vyacheslav Tsytskovsky, Oleg Buzuk, Sergei Petkevich, Denis Soroka, Mikhail Iljich, Gennady Churikov, Eugeny Rekesh, Olga Zhuk, Ekatherina Yatskavets, Natalia Vorobyova, Alla Omes, Daria Starosotnikova, Tatiana Strok, Ivan Gizmont

Brest Academic Drama Theatre, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Brest Academic Drama Theatre
Brest Academic Drama Theatre was founded in 1944. The performances attract by an unexpected reading of Russian, Belarusian and foreign classics, contemporary drama, are notable for a variety of different means of expression, experiments in forms and genres.
It tours actively. The theatre productions were shown in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, Poland.
Won awards of national and international festivals.
The initiator and organizer of the International Theatre Festival «Belaya Vezha» (White Tower), which holds its 21st edition in 2016.

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute
A state-funded cultural institution, whose mission is to build and promote the cultural dimension of the POLSKA brand, through active participation in international cultural exchange. The Institute has organized cultural events in 70 countries, including: the United Kingdom, Russia, Israel, the Benelux countries, Spain, Austria, Sweden, France, Germany, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, Lithuania, as well as Algeria, Morocco, India, Japan and China. So far, the Institute has presented over 5550 cultural events, for nearly 52,5 million people on five continents. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s activities are now consistently presented to consumers abroad under its flagship brand

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Paweł Passini
Paweł Passini

Theatre director, composer, musician. One of the forerunners of interactive theatre movement in Poland. The founder of the first Internet theatre company in the world – neTTheatre. Graduated from the theatre direction department of the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. He has directed more than 40 performances.
Holder of Scholarship of Culture and National Heritage Minister, winner of the Golden Masks awards, Konrad Swinarski's Award, the Herald Angel Award and Total Theatre Award of the Edinburgh theatre festival and Grand Prix awards of numerous festivals.

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