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Berlin (Antwerp)


(Chernobyl – so far so close)

UK Premiere
Co-produced by Brighton Festival

'Today’s state-of-the-art visual culture comes face to face with the primeval forces of weed-infested nature and a raw survival instinct.' De Standaard

Zvizdal tells the life of Pétro and Nadia. After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, they were the only ones of their village to refuse evacuation from the forbidden zone. During 29 years, they led an isolated existence without electricity, running water or communication with the outside world. For five years Berlin could follow them.

'The more time you spend with them, the more you realise that their story is also about us. Loneliness, isolation,... were important themes. At the same time this is also a story about living from the land, living with a cow, a horse, a cat, a dog and some chickens.'

Bart Baele and Yves Degryse about Zvizdal, in an interview with Karlien Meganck. Read the full interview (in Dutch)

Berlin, the company behind Bonanza, Perhaps All the Dragons (2014) and Land’s End (2012), returns to Brighton Festival with a filmic portrait of one elderly couple’s self-imposed solitude. Featuring interviews with Pétro and Nadia filmed between 2011 and 2016, Zvizdal tells a poignant story of survival, hope and love in a ghost town.

'The moment you enter the forbidden zone, you are entering a microcosm of human experience. It is a very extreme situation, but there are layers that you recognise, and as you spend time there the layers become more visible.'

Find out more about Zvizdal in this Festival Hot Seat interview with Yves Degryse, Berlin's Artistic Director. 

Mon 23 – Tue 24 May, 8pm (doors 7.15pm)
Wed 25 May, 6pm & 8pm (doors 5.15pm & 7.15pm)

Duration 75 minutes
£15, £17.50
Festival Standby £10

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Age 14+

In Ukrainian with English surtitles

Post-show discussion on Tue 24 May

Due to the set-up of this show there is a strict no latecomers policy. Please arrive for the performance in plenty of time.

Het Zuidelijk Toneel [Tilburg, NL], PACT Zollverein [Essen, DE], Dublin Theatre Festival [IE], LE CENTQUATRE [Paris, FR], Kunstenfestivaldesarts [Brussels, BE], BIT Teatergarasjen [Bergen, NO], Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main [DE], Theaterfestival Boulevard [Den Bosch, NL], Onassis Cultural Centre [Athens, GR]

In collaboration with deSingel [Antwerp, BE]