Blood of Our Soil by Lianna Makuch - Also at the Barns in 2018
February 28 - March 9, 2018
ATB Financial Arts Barns - Westbury Theatre
After generations of conflict, a new crisis opens old wounds.
“How can our land not but be fertile when so much blood has seeped into it?”
A unique creative production depicting the struggles of the Ukrainian people against the atrocities of Stalin, to the horrors of Hitler, while drawing disturbing parallels to the current Putin regime. A personal and emotional performance experience, Blood of Our Soil integrates dramatic storytelling, live Ukrainian folk music, a fusion of Ukrainian and contemporary dance, and a projection design that paints a landscape of both beauty and terror.
Inspired by the actual experiences of the playwright’s Ukrainian grandparents in WWII, and the true accounts of people in the heart of the conflict zone of Eastern Ukraine, where members of Pyretic Productions travelled to research the script in October 2017. Blood of Our Soil gives voice to the voiceless people whose lives have been changed forever by Ukraine’s frozen conflict. Russian aggression has killed more than 10,000 people, and displaced millions.
An emotionally evocative and interactive Lobby Installation created by a team of artists will be on display throughout the run of the production. There will be several talkbacks with members of the creative team, and a pre-show panel discussion will take place Friday, March 2. The panelists participating will include MP Linda Duncan and a veteran of the war in Eastern Ukraine, Dmytro Lavrenchuk. He served in the Luhansk Battallion in 2014, and was wounded in battle.