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Jury Award:   Prize The Perla of Neighbours on IV Central Europe Theatre Festival   “The Neighbours” in Lublin (Poland).

Hiob “Job” based on the text by Karol Wojtyla        script and directed Yarosław  Fedoryshyn    set and costumes               Alla Fedoryszyna     music by Myron Datsko


Job is indeed experimental in form - though it is based on the story from the Old Testament, it is presented in the style of a tragedy, with limited interactions among its characters, exposition provided mostly by a series of a capella  songs a , and a chorus that comments on events and on Job's reactions to them.  Wojtyla explicitly links the suffering of Job with that of Christ: the conclusion of the play, offered by the prophet Elihu, essentially posits that Job's tribulations and Christ's both presage redemption. The playwright then connects this idea to the situation of the people of Poland, who had just undergone invasion by the Nazis and Soviets, while seemingly none of their allies lifted a finger to help them. The play ultimately offers hope, indicating that just as the crucifixion inexorably led to the resurrection,so too will the fall of Poland eventually lead to its even greater renaissance in the future.

cast: Ala Fedoryshyna, Tetiana Tkachenko, Natalia Marchak, Petro Mykytiuk, Woldymir Gubanow, Wolodymir Chukhonkin  Miron Datsko, Taras Yurychko.  




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Job was written by Karol Wojtyła (better known as the Pope, John Paul II) in 1940, shortly after his personal experiences of World War II beginning in September 1939. In the script there is obvious reference to the biblical origin of the world and the man, taken directly form the Old Testament. The idea of performance touches relation between God and man as a linear dependency when God gives and takes. It builds trust in God's justice and generosity and also in a prize for the belief even in the most horrible suffering. Performance delights with plastic form, polyphonic singing, dynamic choreography and unique scenography and costumes. The spectacular character of performance helps the actors to express the invariability of human nature and divine faithfulness of promise for the final prize.
Time of duration 60 min



The music of the performance is transferred from the Orthodox Church choral singings. Just like in ancient drama the actors consist the chorus which leads the Guide of Chorus - Miron Dacko, the music composer and conductor. Singing is accompanied by primitive clay and wooden instrumentation imitating storm
Such music harmonizes with chorus figures which forms sort of beggars’ procession that would be invited to house by generous Hioba. This procession becomes the witness of Hiob’s tragedy, the children's death and the loss of property.
Costumes and scenography by Ala Fedoryszyna deserve a special attention. The straight lines of fabric, the baggy material caused that playing in performance actors had become a beggars' procession, and when they altered tune on black or red rags the costume became a part of dramatic action of drama, underlined the horror of manslaughters and rapes and added the expression to the lamenting Hiob’s sons and daughter. Scenography is very simple. Straight lines ladder, which were at the beginning a Hiob’s hospitable house then became stripped with wealth the household of Hiob - beggar. They became also a cross on which Messiah was hung, later on also a cave of revelation in which figure reminding God's Mother appeared.
Old fashioned equipments remaining on stage like seat, bowl to bath, pitcher, baskets on food, also adapted to scenography and costumes straight lines. Light enriched the whole story.
All this in sure sense is similar to ancient theatre, but at the same time reminds also modern world theatre approaches proposed by Peter Brooke or Jerzy Grotowski. Audience met straight substance of theatre: actor, choreography, voice, who creates moods, dramatic tensions and music.

Marian Rybicki Opiekun Kaliski


Job by Karol Wojtyła produced by artists from Lvov is a brilliant event. The ascetic scenography, utilization the elements of the Orthodox singing and professional level of acting consist on miracle play, which has to leave the trace even in the coldest sceptic. Light utilization is delightful, well-thought-out the stage movement and originality of interpretation, approaching to the to mime show
The audience which arrived to Silesian Theatre on the February 24th rewarded Ukrainian artists  a standing ovation, what in Silesia it is an exceptional distinction.

Mirosław Rzepka Gość Niedzielny 10 / 682


This unusual play is consisting of well-known biblical story and the story interpretation by young Karol Wojtyła, who experienced the cruelty of war and boundlessness of human suffering. The dramaturgy and the mood of performance are build from all theatrical devices. Splendid, expressive performance given by entire team and particularly by Pieter Mikitiuk as a Hiob is awarded standing ovation.Scenography, costumes and the incredible choral of the Orthodox Church music by Miron Dacko completed this amazing show.

Anna Wasiak Nasz Dziennik, November 19th, 2003