BABYLON - dir. Vlad Troitskyi
Opera of DAKH / NOVA OPERA Theatre of Kiev
October 30, 2016 7 p.m.
Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin, Opera Hall
"NOVA OPERA" theatre
Music by Roman Grygoriv, Illia Razumeiko
Directed by Vlad Troitsky
Opera-circus "BABYLON" is a story of birth and death of metaphoric "tower". It is based on Biblical legend about conflict between man and God, extrapolated on urban tragedy of the modern city.
The mix of languages and peoples is transmitted by the mix of contrasting musical styles: avant-garde and pseudo-baroque, trip-hop and rock, shamanic folk and electronic techno, allusions to Italian opera and French chanson.
The opera’s libretto is based on Biblical texts (The Book of Genesis, Apocalypse) with allusions to Old Greek Mythology (the image of Cassandra) and present-day literary texts (Viktor Pelevin’s «Generation P»). The vocal part uses the texts of folk songs, Latin prayers, words and verbal constructions from 19 different languages (including Mongolian and Chinese).
The structure of opera-circus is a parody on classic XIX century-opera. It includes the overture, alternating pathetic choral and dance scenes, arias, duets and ensembles. The show’s staging combines the elements of circus, performance, and instrumental theatre which are united by dynamic lightening, VJing, and eclectic costumes.
The variety of vocal techniques (classical singing, throat singing, jazz improvisation, folk vocal) is mixed with the sound of instruments: prepared piano, toy piano, French horn, bass-clarinet, double bass, cello, guitar and urban drum-set.
Maryana Golovko (soprano)
Anna Marych (soprano)
Andrey Koshman (baritone)
Ruslan Kirsh (baritone)
Yevgeniy Rakhmanin (bass)
Janna Marchynskaya (cello)
Andrey Nadolskiy (percussion)
Nazar Spas (french horn)
Artem Shestovskyi (сlarinet)
Roman Grygoriv (conductor, guitar, bass)
Illia Razumeiko (grand piano, toy piano)
Tetiana Troitska (voice)
Andrii Spatar (artist of circus)
Esmira Kulieva (artist of circus)
Anastasiia Kulinich (artist of circus)
Pinaieva Olga (actress)
Kateryna Chobotko (actress)
Mariia Volkova (light designer)
Olena Avdieieva (video-art)
Maksym Shevtsov (vj)
Roman Falkov (sound designer)
BABYLON`S STAGED GROUP
Vlad Troitskyi - a stage-director, director and art director of DAK( Centre of Contemporary Arts, the founder of ethno-chaos band "DakhaBrakha".
Vlad Troitskyi was born in Ulan-Ude, Russia, 1964. He graduated at the Radio Technician faculty of Kiev Polytechnic Institute in 1987, and finished post-graduate course at Kiev Polytechnic Institute in 1990. In 2002 he received his diploma in acting and directing at the Russian Theatre ArtAcademy in Moscow. Troitskyi is the founder, director and art director of DAKH Centre of Contemporary Arts, where he directed more than 35 performances. In 2004 he founded the "DakhaBrakha" ethno-chaos band, and in 2007 he launched an audio-visualtheatre-literature-philosophic art project: Festival of Contemporary Art "GogolFest". He is also founder of the Dakh Daughters Band. Recently in Hungary Vlad Troitskyi directed opera "Die Tote Stadt" ("The Dead City") by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. )n 2014 he staged the improvisation opera "Coriolanus" based on Shakespeare's tragedy.
Roman Grygoriv - a gifted Ukrainian composer, conductor and author of chamber, vocal, symphonic works, and theatrical music.
Roman Grygoriv was born in 1984 in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. He continues postgraduate studies at the National Music Academy (master degree in composition – A. Gavrylets’ class). As well, he is the chairman of the artistic foundation "PORTO FRANKO", founder and director of international festivals, such as: the Frank Opera fest, Porto Franko (Ukraine), MOZART 2004 (China), and the Music from Europe in 2015 (China). Although he had also been an artistic manager of international festivals, including the O-Fest 2013-2015 (Ukraine). Since 2011, Roman has worked as a composer and artist of the National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine. And since 2014, has been a member of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine. In 2015, together with composer Ilya Razumeyko, they created opera-requiem "IYOV" for the international festival GogolFest 2015 (director - Vlad Troitskyi).
Illia Razumeiko - a Ukrainian composer, author of chamber, vocal, symphonic works.
Illia Razumeiko was born in 1989 in Zaporozhia, Ukraine. In 2007, he graduated from Zaporozhia Music College (class of music theory). In 2007-2012, he studied at the Kiev
Conservatory (prof. A. Gavrylets' -composition class) and through 2012 to 2013, he worked at the National Theatre of Operetta of Ukraine. In 2013 through 2015, he studied at the Vienna Conservatory in the class of instrumental composition (prof. Martin Lihtfus). Since 2015, he has been studying electroacoustic composition in the class of prof. Karlheinz Esel. Together, with composer Roman Grygoriv, they organized international festivals, such as the, Frank Opera fest, Porto Franko (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine), O-Fest-2013 (Kyiv, Ukraine), MOZ-ART 2014 (Shenzhen, China), Interior II (Vienna, Austria), and the Music from Europe in 2015 (Harbin, China). In 2015, they had also created an opera-requiem "IYOV" for the VIII International multidisciplinary festival of contemporary art GogolFest 2015.