"Why, why, my soul, should I descend into this darkness of the abyss?" - These are the words of the nigun, brought to this work by Svetlana Kundish . A week of rehearsals, a week of immersion in Babyn Yar, a week of meeting such people, that I keep wonder - how I could not have known them before? How could I live without the purity and depth of Sveta's voice? Without musical sensitivity, warmth, erudition of Yuriy Gurzhy? A week of doubts and searches on how not to "make music“, but to create a space so that the voice of Rachil could be heard, the one who managed to survive - "to testify, I must survive" (quoting Marianna Kijanowska) Meeting Rachil was a blessing for us , she became our guide… I am grateful to everyone who is involved in this work, who made it possible, accompanies, supports. I believe that thanks to the sensitive accompaniment of Josephine Burton and Yael Shavit, we will be able to walk this path honestly, avoiding pathos and not avoiding painful questions.
foto: Elena Groza

Our performance " Ich will leben" is nominated for the Cologne Theater Prize 2021! thank you all! Happyness!

Because of this work, I missed the celebration of the school end of my son and 15th birthday of my daughter… I hope very much it was not in wain… Already on Sunday July 4th I will lend
my body to Jenta from the „Books of Jacob“ by Olga Tokarczhuk in Thalia Theater /Hamburg

It finally happened- yesterday in Theater Neue Bühne Senftenberg we were able to present our new project „I want to live“, based on a poetry of Selma Meerbaum! Together with Futur3 from Cologne and Theater Lesi from Lviv, we were waiting more than one year for a possibility of this work. Behind us - 3 weeks of intense rehearsal marathon ! And yesterday - tears of happiness, when Selma’s words were able to blossom ! Thank you, for the best team ever!
Next step - Cologne. June 26/27 during Sommerblut Festival

For me collaboration with Maria Jonas, Bassem Hawar and Ars Choralis Coeln became not just another project. Maria reached out and encouraged me to take the first steps on a previously unknown field. And so this meeting of Ukrainian Irmos with the tradition of European Early music, thanks to the knowledge, courage of search, talent and openness of Maria Jonas and Bassem Havar,thanks to the wonderful voices of singers Ars Choralis showed me so many more possible paths and opened new horizons. Covid did not allow us to share the results during the full concert, but we were able to record a music video and sung during the Service in Rochenkirche on Ukrainian Easter. A coincidence? Hope to be able to share this music with you soon.


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