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Dog House. View from above. View from below.

A scenographic experiment around political and intellectual immobility
by Vladislav Troitskyi from Cultural Center Dakh Kiev (UA) at the Theater & Orchester Heidelberg (DE)Festival Heidelberger Stückemarkt

Twelve people are locked up inside a steel cage. The jailers boss the inmates around; outbreaks of violence and rebellion, defiance and humiliation are common currency. The audience watches events unfold, first from above and then from below, and itself becomes part of the prison architecture, both monitoring and being monitored.

"Doghouse" takes an unsparing look at the political events that have taken place in Ukraine before and after the protests on Maidan Square. The physical prison is also a mental one, the idea of a country on the edge of an abyss. Using mythical images and songs they have composed themselves – borrowing from anything from Ukrainian art and folk music to the country’s national anthem – the performers search for a way out.

"Doghouse. The View from Above. The View from Below" is a lamentation play, based on extracts from different writings that are assonant with historical events that took place and are still taking place in Ukraine now . The chorus, prayers and supplications from the tragedy “Oedipus The King” reflect the position of a suppressed nation, forsaken by God. Despised, these people are sear ching for their truth and God in this world. What does a person come to earth for; Why do terrible things happen; Who is to be blamed for human anguish; What is that sin that people have to atone for… These and other questions keep emerging in the mind of a person that strives to break out from his bonds.

Based on the plays 
"Oedipus the King" by Sophocles (translated by Ivan Franko)
"KLIM Doghouse. Dystopia from life of the silent majority"
"Yellow Prince" by Vasyl Barka
"Alone with God" by Janusz Korczak
"Verbatim Hannusya recorded" by Ilya Kalyukin

ACTORS Evgen Bal, Vasyl Bilous, Natalka Bida, Maksym Demskyi, Tetiana Havrylyuk, Roman Iasinovskyi, Ruslana Khazipova, Vira Klimkovetska, Solomiia Melnyk, Semen Mozgovyi, Andrii Palatnyi, Nikita Skomorokhov, Tetyana Vasylenko, Vyshnya, Zo
STAGE DIRECTION Vladislav Troitskyi
TEXT COMPOSITION Vladislav Troitskyi
SCENOGRAPHY Vladislav Troitskyi & Dmitry Kostyuminskyi
MUSIC Vladislav Troitskyi, Roman Iasinovskyi & Solomiya Melnyk