FORUM ON EUROPEAN CULTURE
31 may - 4 june 2023
Sasha, a colonel in the Ukrainian army who died due to a heart failure, sees his widow Katia and his stepdaughter Oksana prepare his funeral feast. A year later, the country will be engulfed in the events that can make the dead rise. Sasha is ready to be resurrected, but his family is not. They are reluctant to bury him again.
In the series Endless February, Frascati Productions and De Balie offer a human face to the war in Ukraine. Contemporary Ukrainian plays are presented in collaboration with director Iana Gudzenko and actress Alesia Andrushevska.
In this third iteration of the collaboration, the magical realist play Take The Rubbish Out, Sasha is performed. Kiev-based playwright Natal’ya Vorozhbit wrote the play in 2014, when the Russian army annexed the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine. Within the year the Russian army occupied the Crimea in Southern Ukraine.
Iana Gudzenko is an Ukrainian theater producer who fled to the Netherlands. Gudzenko studies Drama Theatre in Kyiv (Master’s degree). She was rewarded with a scholarship from the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and got education as a Director of Music Theatre in GITIS Russian Institute of Theatre Art. In 2013, she got a special prize for youth director’s debut by the Theatre Member’s Association of Ukraine, for the performance Hamlet: death machine.