Saturday 22 Apr. 2017


Berlin - BE

Ukrainian with English subtitles

21:00 - 22:00

Vlaams Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond

After a nuclear facility exploded on April 26, 1986, the lives of all the people who lived within a 30km radius of Chernobyl take a drastic turn. A mass evacuation ensures that no one will ever return to the area. No one, that is, except for the elderly couple Pétro and Nadia. Born and raised in Zvizdal, they continue to live in a place that is now an overrun ghost town.

This documentary film performance shows how the two stand their ground in the bold decision to live a life of poverty and loneliness in the contaminated area. They lack running water, electricity, a phone connection and a postal service, but they are rich in personal myths, vodka, swearwords, songs, toothaches, an elderly horse and the problems that come with old age.

For five years, theatre group Berlin travelled to Chernobyl twice a year to follow Pétro and Nadia as they dealt with a life of seclusion. Their story is told with models in the theatre, and film on the big screen. It is a tale of the survival, hope and love of two people who are enveloped in the bleak, permanent dangers of radiation.

Ukrainian with Dutch and English subtitles

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