Zvizdal [Chernobyl – So far, so close]


Performance Film 2021/22

1986. About 90 towns and villages around Chernobyl are evacuated. Pétro and Nadia, a married couple in their sixties at the time, refuse to leave the death zone and stay behind in their home village of Zvizdal. From 2011 to 2016, the Belgian group BERLIN accompanies the couple and portrays their life in a ghost town where there is neither electricity nor running water; but superstition and vodka. “Zvizdal” is a film performance, a multimedia experience about loneliness, survival, poverty, hope and the love of two old people. Amidst a complex screen set-up, a scale model of Nadia and Pétro’s living space is created. 

After the performance on 03.07. there will be an audience discussion.

Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.

Ukrainian, with German and English subtitles 

+ The performance on 04.07. 10:00 a.m. is also offered as a morning event. Enquiries to Christopher Utpadel, utpadel@hellerau.org, T +49 351 264 62 37

Concept & direction: BERLIN [Bart Baele & Yves Degryse] & Cathy Blisson 
with: Nadia & Pétro  
Opanassovich Lubenoc 
Interviews: Yves Degryse & Cathy Blisson 
Photography & Editing: Bart Baele & Geert De Vleesschauwer 
Set Design: BERLIN, Manu Siebens & Ina Peeters 
Sound recording: Toon Meuris, Bas De Caluwé, Manu Siebens & Karel Verstreken 
Interpreter: Olga Mitronina 
Soundtrack & Mixing: Peter Van Laerhoven 
Set Construction: Manu Siebens, Klaartje Vermeulen, Dirk Stevens & Kasper Siebens 
Scale models: Ina Peeters, with the help of Puck Vonk, Rosa Fens & Thomas Dreezen 
Mechanics: Joris Festjens & Dirk Lauwers 
Graphic design: Jelle Verryckt 
Production: Laura Fierens 
Management: Kurt Lannoye 
Administrator: Jane Seynaeve 
Distribution: Eveline Martens 
Communication: Sam Loncke 
Production : BERLIN 
Coproduction : Het Zuidelijk Toneel [Tilburg, NL], PACT Zollverein [Essen, DE], Dublin Theatre Festival [IE], le CENTQUATRE [Paris, FR], Brighton Festival [UK], BIT Teatergarasjen – House On Fire [Bergen, NO], Kunstenfestivaldesarts [Brussels, BE], Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main [DE], Theatre Festival Boulevard [Den Bosch, NL], Onassis Cultural Centre [Athens, GR]. 
WITH THE SUPPORT of: the Flemish Government, deSingel [Antwerp, BE]. 
THANKS to: Wim Bervoets, Brice Maire, Lux Lumen, Els De Bodt, Pascal Rueff, Morgan Touzé, Christophe Ruetsch, Isabelle Grynberg, Nadine Malfait, Natalie Schrauwen, Katleen Treier, Piet Menu, Anthe & Ama Oda Baele, Remi & Ilias Degryse. 
BERLIN is ‘creative associate’ at deSingel (Antwerp, BE) and  
artiste associé’ at CENTQUATRE (Paris, FR) 
The North American tour of Zvizdal is supported by the General 
Delegation of the Government of Flanders in the USA