The Wij

Perfomance, 18+ 2:00, No intermissions

At a time when war has brought Europe so much death and destruction, and threatened our values, artists are gathering on the stage in the spirit of FREEDOM. Kirill Serebrennikov and his friends are travelling to the West, to Europe, and they are seeking new partnerships. “Gogol Centre. Europe meets Thalia.” Working with a European ensemble, Serebrennikov wants to use art to spiritually create something that is currently impossible in real life: partnerships between artists, irrespective of origin, who are united by shared values, despite everything else. Using material from author Nikolaj Gogol, born in Ukraine in 1809.

Chronicling his time, Gogol wrote down a Ukrainian myth in 1835 – which has since inspired successful fantasy and horror films. It involves reason fighting against the dark, magical and destructive forces of a soil-clad root figure by the name of ‘Wij’, whose eyelids reach the floor, who struggles in captivity.

Kirill Serebrennikov has radically adapted the material, influenced by current events, offering a reading on the war. He infuses the material with the alternative worlds of European art and poetry, which express a belief in humanity rather than the power of destruction, – despite Leningrad, Hiroshima, Coventry, Dresden, Grosny or Mariupol.


WORLD PREMIERE 3RD DECEMBER 2022, THALIA GAUSS


Photo - Fabian Hammerl

Gallery
AUTHORS
DIRECTOR, STAGE, COSTUMES
Ki­rill Se­reb­renni­kov
AUTHOR
Boh­dan Pank­ruk­hin
STAGING (ASSISTING)
Ele­na Bu­loch­ni­kova
COSTUME
Shal­va Nik­vash­vi­li
MUSIC
Da­ni­el Fre­itag
CHOREOGRAPHY
Ivan Es­tegne­ev
Ev­ge­ny Ku­lagin
LIGHT
Ser­gej Ku­char
ARTISTIC COLLABORATION
An­na Sha­las­ho­va
DRAMATURGY
Matt­hi­as Günther
TRANSLATION
Ky­ra He­ye
CAST
Fi­lipp Av­de­ev
Bernd Gra­wert
Jo­han­nes He­gemann
Pas­cal Ho­udus
Vik­to­ria Mi­rosh­ni­chen­ko
Falk Rockstroh
Ro­sa Thor­me­yer
Olek­sandr Yat­senko

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