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Zakhar Berkut

by Ivan Franko
Utopia in 3 acts
2:30 with two intermissions
Content warning
December 28, 2022
Date of premiere
Dec. 28, 2022

“I somehow feel that the peaceful existence we have enjoyed so long will never return… Today we are at the cross roads and must choose we are to follow It is fitting then that those of us should explain very carfurly our choice and to what it will eventually lead us as well as where we stand right now!”

The play "Zakhar Berkut" is based on Ivan Franko's novella about the struggle of people from Tukhlya against the invasion of the Mongols in the 13th century. Today it is interpreted by Les Kurbas Theater in the context of modern realities. At the heart of the plot are intertwined struggles for freedom both then and now, self-identification of the Ukrainian people and unity, as well as the path to victory through the strength of the native land and love for it.

Frank's ideas, opening Ukrainian Spirit in his story, are extremely deep and relevant for all of us today. "Zakhar Berkut" is an spesial, very open, full of great metaphors, ideas and relevant messages for our modern society.

Director –Andrii Prykhodko
Set and Costume Design – Bohdan Polishchuk
Movement Coach - Anatolii Sachivko
Musical Director - Susanna Karpenko

Zakhar Berkut, Boyar Tugar - Oleh Tsiona, Andriy Vodychev
Maksym - Yaroslav Fedorchuk
Myroslava - Maryna Mazur
The mongols, Tukhlya citizens - Marko Svizhinskyi, Denis Sokolov, Tamara Gorgisheli, Daryna Fedyna, Stepan Kychma, Yaroslav-Hryhory Chupylo, Natalia Rybka-Parkhomenko, Diana Konstantinova
Сallers - Marko Svizhinskyi, Denis Sokolov, Yaroslav-Hryhory Chupylo
Straw hunters - Marko Svizhinskyi, Denis Sokolov, Yaroslav-Hryhory Chupylo, Stepan Kychma, Yaroslav Fedorchuk, Maryna Mazur
Warrior Mytko - Denis Sokolov, Stepan Kychma

The project "Zakhar Berkut - the spirit of Ukrainian Victory" are released in partnership with Franko House in Lviv. Funded by the Stabilisation Fund for Culture and Education 2022 of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut with support of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation