14 May — 17 May 2015
Documenting Ukraine was a four-day festival hosted by GRAD and the Frontline Club in May 2015, bringing Ukraine’s leading names in documentary theatre and cinema to London.
The festival was divided into two halves: ‘Documenting Ukraine: Theatre’ (14–15 May 2015) featured two live performances at GRAD, before ‘Documenting Ukraine: Cinema’ (16–17 May 2015) saw a full programme of contemporary Ukrainian documentary films hosted at the Frontline Club.
Anyone Can Be Saint Nikolai
14 May 2015
Created/Performed by Georg Genoux
Videography by Benjamin Brettschneider
Translated by Maria Kovlovskaya-Wiltshire
Discussion panellist Tommy Lexen
Discussion moderator Molly Flynn
This multimedia solo performance offered an insight into the experiences of those most affected by the war in eastern Ukraine. Created and performed by German director Georg Genoux, the performance incorporated documentary video footage and audio interviews to tell the story of the author’s time as a volunteer in the eastern Ukrainian city Nikolaevka. The performance was followed by a panel discussion with Georg, festival co-ordinator Molly Flynn and playwright and director Tommy Lexen.
Excerpts from an Unfinished Play by NATALIA VOROZHBIT
15 May 2015
Written by Natalia Vorozhbit
Read by Amanda Drew
Translated by Sasha Dugdale
Discussion panellist Natalia Gumeniuk
Discussion moderator Olesya Khromeychuk
Ukraine’s leading playwright of the New Drama movement presented her latest work, an autobiographical monologue. In this staged reading of the play, Vorozhbit explored the recent political turmoil in Ukraine, reflecting upon what she knew about herself before the protests started – and what she continues to learn as the conflict goes on. As in her celebrated work Maidan: Voices of the Uprising which showed at Royal Court Theatre in 2014, this unfinished work applies Vorozhbit’s insightful and affecting style to a personal investigation of her own experience of life and war in Ukraine. The performance was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Dr Olesya Khrumeychuk.
Aleksandr Glyadyelov’s photography from Ukraine – now on sale at GRAD
The work of award winning documentary photographer Aleksandr Glyadyelov will be available for purchase at GRAD during June 2015.
Aleksandr's works were taken in Maidan between November 2013 and February 2014. The black and white hand developed images, each in an edition of 7, document the protests and violent backlash seen at ‘Independence Square’. Glyadyelov is no stranger to documenting conflict, having worked with Medicins Sans Frontieres and exhibited work in New York on the plight of refugees and the effects of tuberculosis. His apartment in Kiev is known as a creative hub for artists and photographer’s visiting the city where, according to the artist himself creative people come to ‘discuss...life, photos and problem’s’. Glyadyelov has now returned to the Donbass region of Ukraine to continue to observe and document the war and it’s effects on the people and surrounding landscape.
These photographs were exhibited for the first time in the UK from 16th–17th May at The Frontline Club as part of the Documenting Ukraine festival. The festival, organised in conjunction with GRAD, University College London and Open City Docs aims to bring the reality of the situation in modern day Ukraine to British audiences through several different artistic mediums, including film, photography, theatre and debate.
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