MESSAGES FROM MARIUPOL

Even before Russia started war against Ukraine, the ukrainian harbour city of Mariupol was a place where the latent threat to the country from Russia was part of everyday reality.

Located in Donbass region in the south-east of the country, Mariupol was separated only 20 km from the border to the occupied areas of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. 

Because of its exposed location as the last purely ukrainian city before the demarcation line, Mariupol always had a special geostrategic importance not only for Ukraine itself, but also for the whole of  Europe.  

NOW IS WAR:

The Russian Federation invaded the territory of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 at 5 am. 

Mariupol has been bombed since the first days of the war. About 90% of the city is destroyed there. This is a place of humanitarian catastrophe.

OUR MISSION

IS TO HELP YOUTH TO GET OUT FROM THE SIEGE OF MARIUPOL

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YOUNG GUYS AND GIRLS. TALENTED ACTORS AND ACTRESSES, ARTISTS, PERFORMERS, WHO TOOK PART IN THEATRE PROJECTS.

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OUR MISSION IS TO HELP YOUTH TO GET OUT FROM THE HELL OF MARIUPOL​

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YOUNG GUYS AND GIRLS.
TALENTED ACTORS AND ACTRESSES, ARTISTS, PERFORMERS, WHO TOOK PART IN THEATRE PROJECTS.

WHO ARE WE?

We are a team of European directors who participated in projects in Mariupol, created with local art teams and studied well the context of the city:

MADELEINE BONGARD [SWITZERLAND]

Swiss actress, director and author. Her theatre company «Dyki Dushi» creates and promotes pluridisciplinary shows with artists from various countries.

EVANGELOS COSMIDIS [GREECE]

He works as a director and actor in the National Theatre of Greece and Municipality Theatre of Piraeus. His attention is focused on devised, documentary, inclusive and theatre of the experts.

JOSIE-DALE JONES
[GREAT BRITAIN]

Producer, theatre maker and performer. She is co-creator of «ThisEgg», a theatre company based in the UK, London.

ANTON TELBIZOV [UKRAINE]

Director and co-founder of the theatre company «Theatromania» in Mariupol.

CHRISTINE DISSMAN [GERMANY]

Germany director, author and designer. She is a founder and director of the independent theatre collective «ogalala kreuzberg» and author of numerous plays.

ANDRII PALATNYI
[UKRAINE]

Art manager, curator (CCA DAKH/FCA GOGOLFEST). He is a producer of the festival-laboratory of the actual theater iStage and Marathon of International Residences within the Cultural Capital 2021 in Mariupol.

OUR PROJECTS

In 2021, Mariupol received the status of the Capital of Culture of Ukraine. This title is associated with the task of implementing special, nationally important cultural projects, thus strengthening the city and connecting Mariupol to the world. 

Among numerous cultural projects, all of which aimed at cultural networking, exchange and dialogue,  2021 the “Marathon of International Theater Residencies” (curator: Andrii Palatnyi) took place in  Mariupol.  

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This “Theatre Laboratory” brought together international directors with local theatres and artist groups for joint creative experiments. The purpose and aim of the “Residency Marathon” was to share ideas and techniques, to create art in cooperation, to charge the place Mariupol with new creative energy and to intiate a new positive narrative for Mariupol, which should radiate far beyond Ukraine.

This page aims to present all projects and their contributors that have been created in Mariupol over  the course of 2021. 

ENTER tHE LAB

During the workshop in Mariupol director shared her skills with the participants. Together with them, she made a work about the presence of PRESENCE through the following techniques: awakening of the body, relaxation, rhythms and music, vocal practices, awareness raising, emotions, awareness of movements and more.

Without getting up from their seats, audience and the actors plunge into an immersive journey, realizing what the actor may feel while on stage.

Directed by Madeleine Bongard.

ALASKA

A performance about the pursuit of happiness.

A dive into the savage abusive relationships between teenagers family and school. A mapping of the issues that concern them: loneliness, kissing, love, war.

The devised performance Alaska, which has several elements of documentary theater, is a boom of research and interviews of the members of the group — the first theater school-studio of the city of Mariupol outlines their own here and now.

Directed by Evangelos Kosmidis.

Instructors: Peter Price, Amber Willis, Samuel White

R u there?
We’r here 2.0

Made over zoom with a director in the UK, and a team of 15-41 year olds in the Ukraine, «R u there? We r here…» is a celebration of theatre, and being able to say the things «in here» that we can’t say «out there». It is about the things we care about and want to speak about. It is a search for connection in a time of distance, and perhaps also a hope for a slightly different way of living (if we dare to imagine). 

This show explores themes of war, loss and gender based violence through words, images (incl some real life new footage of war) and movement.

Directed by Josie Dale-Jones and Anton Telbizov.

InBetweenTimes

In the multidisciplinary art-project «InBetweenTimes» the german director Christine Dissmann together with young local actors of the Theater “Teatromania” and the first theater school-studio of Mariupol and artists from the Mariupol branch of the National Academy of Arts and Architecture explore the city of Mariupol from an entirely new perspective.

In a unique exchange of creative practice the participating artists evoke a new narrative of Mariupol, balancing between hard-boiled facts and imagination, reflecting between what is and what could be.

The show «InBetweenTimes» combined theatre, music and live-drawings to an experimental art-experience in a new dimension.

WHO ARE WE?

We are a team of European directors who participated in projects in Mariupol, created with local art teams and studied well the context of the city:

MADELEINE BONGARD [SWITZERLAND]

Swiss actress, director and author. Her theatre company «Dyki Dushi» creates and promotes pluridisciplinary shows with artists from various countries.

EVANGELOS COSMIDIS [GREECE]

He works as a director and actor in the National Theatre of Greece and Municipality Theatre of Piraeus. His attention is focused on devised, documentary, inclusive and theatre of the experts.

JOSIE-DALE JONES
[GREAT BRITAIN]

Producer, theatre maker and performer. She is co-creator of «ThisEgg», a theatre company based in the UK, London.

ANTON TELBIZOV [UKRAINE]

Director and co-founder of the theatre company «Theatromania» in Mariupol.

CHRISTINE DISSMAN [GERMANY]

Germany director, author and designer. She is a founder and director of the independent theatre collective «ogalala kreuzberg» and author of numerous plays.

ANDRII PALATNYI
[UKRAINE]

Art manager, curator (CCA DAKH/FCA GOGOLFEST). He is a producer of the festival-laboratory of the actual theater iStage and Marathon of International Residences within the Cultural Capital 2021 in Mariupol.

WHAT ELSE?

OUR TEAMS MADE A LOT OF DIFFERENT PROJECTS DURING LAST FEW YEARS IN MARIUPOL. YOU CAN DISCOVER IT HERE ↓

WHAT'S NEXT?

VERBUNDEN BLEIBEN! STAY UNITED!

March 1

Deutsche Theater Berlin, ogalala kreuzberg

SOLIDARITÄT MIT DER UKRAINE​

March 13

Düsseldorfer Schauspielhauses mit dem Ensemble und Gästen

Soutien à l'Ukraine: Focus sur les arts vivants et le cinéma documentaire

March 19

Centre socioculturel de l’Union syndicale vaudoise Lausanne

STAY UNITED Тримаємось разом #2 Ukrainische Stimmen für Mariupol

March 27

Deutsche Theater Berlin

Alaska readings on A big ETC conference

May 21

Prague, Czech Republic

Grand Opening Event of
«Hotel Continental»: Art Space in Exile

June 17

Berlin, Germany