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Volodymyr Zavalniuk's "Peretvorennya" theatre

Volodymyr Zavalniuk’s “Peretvorennya” theatre is one of the most prominent independent theatrical companies from Kyiv, Ukraine. The word “Peretvorennya” means “Transformation” and it is one of the key notions for the company’s stylistics of synthetic theatre, which includes such elements as puppets, masks, video, shadow theatre, drama and others. Volodymyr Zavalniuk’s performances are very different by their form. But all of these performances, even in ultra-modern form, are based on ancient European and Ukrainian theatrical tradition and deep inner truth of actors’ existence in stage spaces. The evidence of our company’s artistry is the fact that our group was selected to participate in International Shakespeare festivals in Shanghai (September 2016, organized by ITI) and Yerevan (October 2016). Being impressed with our performance in Shanghai, prominent Indian director Manish Mitra invited our group to participate also in Kolkata theatre festival in November 2016. Among other prominent theatre figures who gave highest marks to our shows “Hamlet” and “King Lear” in Shanghai, there were internationally respected director and acting teacher Nicholas Barter (a former principal of RADA), Tobias Biancone, Director General of ITI, and Gong Baorong, Vice President of Shanghai Theatre Academy. The latter two have written the Letter of Appreciation for enabling the production of “Hamlet” and “King Lear” to perform in Shanghai to the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine, where they pointed out the “excellent quality of the directing of the play and the performance of the actresses and actors” as well as V. Zavalniuk’s “Peretvorennya” theatre’s role as the “great cultural ambassadors”.

Art director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk

Performances

Jeanne d'Ark. Discount?..

Centuries pass… Political regimes change one another… But again and again, somebody tries to fold human in a wrapper of dominant ideology, hang a label with a price and exhibit at the shelf of the supermarket named “Slavery”. And the duel goes on… The performance is devoted to Ukrainian political prisoners of all times. The performance was staged one and a half year before Euromaidan Revolution has started in Ukraine but it looks like many of its episodes were mirroring the events of Euromaidan. And it is no surprise that the play, in its short version, was successfully presented during the events of Euromaidan – first in the headquarters of the revolution and then at the main stage of Maidan.

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk, Hanna Yaremchuk, Kyrylo Bulkin, Olena Motovylova, Olha Povozniuk, Dmytro Shpak

By: Jean Anoilh
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: 23.03.2012

Hamlet

The performance that breaks stereotypes. The performance that speaks in modern language about eternal matters. The performance for people whose hearts are open. Is it realistic indeed for only four actors to perform the whole “Hamlet”? With actress playing the main role and also acting in some other episodes as Gertrude and Ophelia? But this is exactly what “Peretvorennya” theatre does, skilfully using the “theatre-in-theatre” method. Collisions of everlasting Shakespeare’s tragedy and everlasting collisions of complicated relations between actors… Open your heart and dive in the magic of “Hamlet” in V. Zavalniuk’s interpretation.

Main roles:

Hanna Yaremchuk, Kyrylo Bulkin, Olena Motovylova, Olha Povozniuk

By: William Shakespeare
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: 24.11.2012

The Taming of The Shrew

The skillful application of “theatre-in-theatre” method allows six actors to present fifteen characters of Shakespearean comedy, perpetually transforming and changing roles. And a clear idea arises from this jolly fiesta of characters, situations and transformations: one who wants to be happy should build his happiness himself!

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk, Hanna Yaremchuk, Kyrylo Bulkin, Olena Motovylova, Olha Povozniuk, Dmytro Shpak

By: William Shakespeare
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: 15.09.2013

The Great Vault

“The Great Vault” is one of the most mysterious poems of Taras Shevchenko, the unbelievable poet’s insight of past, present and future. It looks like all forces of Evil gathered together to destroy Ukraine; but that happened also because of the guilt of Ukrainians of all generations… Nevertheless, the fight on the barricades of History goes on, and in this fight Ukraine, which looked oppressed, depressed and almost completely destroyed, appears ineradicable. And no invader could ever solve this mystery…

Main roles:

Hanna Yaremchuk, Kyrylo Bulkin, Olena Motovylova, Olha Povozniuk

By: Taras Shevchenko
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: 02.03.2014

King Lear

Loyalty and betrayal… Love and guile... Centuries pass, but human nature remains unchanged. And once again the undying Fool comes to the forefront, and, looking closely into the audience’s eyes, he sees the unchanged passions and aspirations. Would you dare to look into the mirror of one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies to see nowadays virtues and vices in the ancient plot?

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk, Hanna Yaremchuk, Kyrylo Bulkin, Olena Motovylova, Olha Povozniuk, Dmytro Shpak

By: William Shakespeare
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: 12.12.2014

The Third Prayer

An actress is preparing a monoperformance to commemorate her beloved man, who was the father of her child. He was much older than she and he had also a son from the first marriage and a grandson. While thinking of her future monoperformance, she immerses in lives of these three men, representing three generations of communist and post-communist Ukraine. The issues of self-identification (in the third part of the performance, particularly, the Ukrainian self-identification in Crimea), post-colonial and post-Soviet problems of Ukraine, as well as Chornobyl tragedy are touched in the monodrama. This performance is the only Voldymyr Zavalniuk’s work, in which he does not use music at all – that is how concentrated is his attention to the most thin nuances of the actress’ inner life.

Main roles:

Hanna Yaremchuk

By: Yaroslav Vereshchak
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: 18.11.2014

On the Common Way

Cossack Mamay, the mythical figure of Ukrainian folklore, shows student Oksana some episodes of common history of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, using both such modern means as video interviews (Oksana watches them on her notebook and spectators can follow the picture on a big screen) and such fantastic ones as magic: he brings prominent historical figures alive to Oksana’s room… At the end of Mamay’s story Oksana understands that in the history, there were different episodes – but whenever Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars cooperated, they were successful; and whenever they antagonized, both were defeated…

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk, Hanna Yaremchuk, Kyrylo Bulkin, Dmytro Shpak

By: Kyrylo Bulkin
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: 07.06.2010

The Curious Accident

The main character of the play, Dutch merchant Filibert, tries to establish marriage of French lietenant, who lives in his house, despite the refusal of maid's father. But suddenly he finds himself in his own trap…

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk, Hanna Yaremchuk, Kyrylo Bulkin, Olena Motovylova, Olha Povozniuk, Dmytro Shpak, Denys Lemaikin

By: Carlo Goldoni
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: 15.12.2015

I'd better be Born a Kitten

The farewell monologue of Donbas. A woman in black sunglasses sells three kittens - the white one, the gray one and the black one. They are her single memory about her home and once comfortable world… And even after taking sunglasses off, the darkness remains. Who needs the black kitten?

Main roles:

Hanna Yaremchuk

By: Neda Nezhdana
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: 23.03.2017

Ukrainian Vertep

Puppet monoshow, based on traditional Ukrainian Christmas Show

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk

By: Traditional Christmas Show
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: nd

What a Fine Fellow I Am!

Buffoons' show for children from 3 to 9.

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk, Hanna Yaremchuk

By: V. Shvemberger, V. Zavalniuk
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: nd

The Snow Queen

Two clowns have found the magic sack with a fairy tale - famous Andersen's "Snow Queen". They decide to show this tale to the children, but it appears noy a simple task…

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk, Hanna Yaremchuk, Kyrylo Bulkin, Olena Motovylova, Olha Povozniuk

By: Ye. Shwarts (based on H. C. Andersen's fairy-tale)
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: nd

The Steel

The performance is based on "theatre in theatre" principle: an experienced actor teaches his young collegue secrets of theatrical craft. There are many jokes, transformations and nice songs in the show.

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk, Hanna Yaremchuk

By: H. C. Andersen
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: nd

The Little Prince

Amazing journey with a boy, who will tell you a lot of interesting and wise things. "The main things could not be seen by eyes… Only heart is sighted."

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk, Hanna Yaremchuk

By: A. de Saint-Exuperi
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: nd

The Journey of the Rain Drop

Interactive show for children from 3 to 9. Thrilling adventures of the small Drop will show children, what "water cycle in nature" means.

Main roles:

Hanna Yaremchuk

By: V. Ilchenko
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: nd

The Fairy Crossroad

The lesson of the traffic rules due to the theatrical magic turns into fascinating musical.

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk, Hanna Yaremchuk, Olena Motovylova

By: M. Portnikova, V. Zavalniuk
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: nd

About the Sorcerer's Strength, Ahmed the Hero, and Hrytsko The Mare's Death

The performance involves both high and earthy, heroics and humor, tragedy and comedy. It shows, how everlasting values of friendship, mutual understanding and support overcome all ethnical and religious differences.

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk, Hanna Yaremchuk, Kyrylo Bulkin, Olena Motovylova, Olha Povozniuk, Dmytro Shpak

By: Sashko Lirnyk
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: nd

Attention… Imagination… Fairy-Tale!

The peformance for children from 4 to 12 based on Ukrainian folk fairy tale "Kolobok" and the Crimean Tatar one - "About the Puppet Girl".

Main roles:

Volodymyr Zavalniuk, Hanna Yaremchuk, Kyrylo Bulkin

By: Folk Tales
Director: Volodymyr Zavalniuk
Premiere: nd