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 Script based upon Anton Chekhov- Iaroslav Fedoryshyn


After the success of the open-air performance of Anton Chekhov masterpiece «The Cherry Orchard», Voskresinnia theatre have produced a show based on the literary declaration of the genius writer - after one of the most poignant and touching biographies presented in the drama «The Seagull» (premiere in 1896). Although he was writing before Freud, his plays essentially dramatize the unconscious. Chekhov's style is akin to what psychiatrists call "hovering." He is at once involved and detached:. He immerses the audience in the interplay of emotional contradiction and shifting perspective, an impressionistic sleight of hand that yields an uncanny sense of the real —"everyday life, accessible to all, and yet understood by almost no one in its cruel inner irony, life so . . . close to us that at times you forget you are in a theatre" (NYT) . «The Seagull» which apparently tells the story a boy, whose whole series of writers’ and love stories lead to suicide. The play is actually a comedy about the passing of time, youth, and idealism, which are affected by age and experience. It is not shown directly as in Chekhov play is. The behaviour of the characters is flexible and indeterminate. The scenes depicted from the life of the country make the atmosphere a bit nostalgic. Keeping the atmosphere of Chekhov’s world, the director plays with the feelings of the audience, with their fantasies, and directs the audience to Shakespeare and Nekrošius. This is a demonstration of young artists with a very different look for life, an older generation who guard their old standpoints, wonderful love, the search for life, also in art. All is simplicity and swiftness, the elusive but proper ozone for the tragicomic realm that "The Seagull" inhabits. The play's theatrical game of hide-and-seek progresses from realism to a heightened, almost mystical, lyricism. Both in the rhythms of his scenes and in the rhythms of his language, Chekhov aspires to trap the unspoken and the unutterable.  Fireworks, fire and video projections complete the spectacle of the performance.



Directed, and music preparation Jarosław Fedoryshyn ,  set and costumes Alla Fedoryshyn  co-direction and light design: Krzysztof Dubiel, video Andrij Kogut, sound Sergiy Kondratovych.
Premiere: 14 June2015 în La Strada of Kalisz (Pl)
Duration: 60 minut
Opening evening, Kalisz, La Strada 14 June 2015 

Cast Nataliia Marchak, Nataliya Lukashonok, Halyna Strychak, Petro Mykytyuk, Volodymyr Hubanov, Volodymyr Chukhonkin, Taras Yurychko, Yurii Pylypchuk, Yevheniy Petrov, Chekmarov Oleksandr, Yaroslav Korniychuk








The Seagull proved to be a very comprehensible performance despite so many


image and we might say even poetic devices used by its director. But this The Seagull must, probably, be „read” using our hearts and not ours heads. It’s nothing but pure Fedoryshyn’s poetry - at one moment some skeletons of inconceivable animals, spewing green and pink smoke, appear in front of the audience, at the next the fireworks are lit up, then real rockets with salutes burst in the sky and ashes fall on the heads of spectators. The participation effect is, to be honest, incredible. As if you sit in front of Nina who delivers her famous monologue “Men, lions, eagles and partridges…” Here is Nina, wearing white wings - and this is a beautiful tragic scene. But then for some reason Kostya gets white “seagull” wings. Then Trigorin, the darling of fortune, Arkadina and other characters of the play get them too. Fedoryshyn turns them all into birds with a broken wing. “Are all of the characters in your play “seagulls”?” we asked Fedoryshyn. He said, “Yes, we are all “seagulls”, I guess”.

Tatiana Szełamowa , Weczernyj Brest, 11.09.2016






A procession of characters is presented to the audience. They go round in a circle in the beginning of the play and during the whole play. Such walking in a circle does not allow the characters to step outside it; everything starts and ends with this circle, despite the strong desire of Kostya and Nina to escape it. Then small children appear in front of us, they dream to become adult and great as Arkadina and to reach Trigorin’s heights.
Natalia Kowpańko, ispolkombrest, 12.09.2016





The production is based on the storyline of the same named Chekhov’s play about the relationships of Konstantin Treplev and Nina Zarechnaya. The whole performance is accompanied by a wing beat of a seagull. The “flight” begins when an actor climbs high scenery and releases a seagull over Lenin Square and the heads of the audience. A seagull represents a lonely unhappy bird doomed to endlessly fly calling above water. The main female character Nina Zarechnaya also compares herself to such seagull. The Seagull outdoors is based on contrasts. One minute actors sweat in baths and playfully strike each other with bath brooms and the next a grieving lady in black clothes walks down the square. The dialogue of actors with the audience is performed in the language of images and feelings. The revived characters of the well-known play expressed suffering, enjoinment, admiration and sadness by means of their acting. There were hardly any words in this performance. The associations,embodied in special effects, helped to understand what was happening. The animations, fireworks, vessels with fire and different scenery would not let the audience get distracted from the events on stage. Lviv troupe


A parking downtown was transformed into a stage for many actors in Ukraine, having adapted the play „The Seagull” in a unique way. Helped by pyrotechnics, lights and music, artists impressed the audience, who rewarded him with applause.
He reigned an atmosphere of mystery Thursday in Timisoara, where hundreds of people took part in a unique show in the street. Help fireworks, fire and video screenings, artists were able to stage Anton Chekhov’s play ... without uttering any reply. Although the words were missing, the audience was responsive.
Spectator: I was was interesting and impressive story resonates ii each other and we go through all the stages of the soul from ... since we were little ones and probably ones that I have not lived yet. I think that deserves applause.  Stirileprotv.ro

Everything is symbolic in the play and there are no superfluous details: the characters’ states of minds are described by means of titles, romantic feelings of the characters burst into flame accompanied by fireworks and background music helps the audience to feel the state of the characters. Not only Nina gets wings but Kostya too, and then Arkadina and other characters of the play get them as well. Even with one wing – they are seagulls with broken destiny too. In order to fly up, they need fire in their souls, an impetus for life and creativity, but it dies down, never having started. People destroy this fire, just like Trigorin destroys Nina Zarechnaya, “a free and happy girl, who he saw and destroyed out of idleness”. Treplev tries to fight; he believes that people need a new theater and new forms. He gives each lady one wing, but his attempts are useless – eventually men with burnt wings, representing ruin of hopes, start to spin around performing a bizarre dance. The refusal of creativity is a crime and seagulls, symbols of freedom, take their revenge. The old people still carry their heavy sacks with acquired

  fot.Henryk Wajda

 possessions – their principles and foundations, because it is not that easy to let them go. In the end, as envisioned by the director, only skeletons are left – this is all that remained of human life, passions and dreams.

Belaruski Partizan, 13.09.2017

 told us their own interpretation of Chekhov’s story in an unusual but quite plain language.The director Yaroslav Fedoryshyn answered a few questions of “BG” after the performance. – What does The Seagull tell viewers about? – It reminds people that they have wings inside of them and they all must fly. And if wings break, it is bad. There are many seagulls in the play, because there are many people too. We are all seagulls by nature. Together with actors we visually embody associations so that it will be interesting to watch. A unique music was composed for the play. — It is not the first time that you refer to Chekhov. What makes him interesting for you? — Chekhov attracts me by always saying: “We all think that everything is ahead of us while actually everything in our lives is behind us”. Life is very short. We often do not think about it. Lots need to be done while there is still time.
Irina Botvina , Brestskaja Gazeta, 16.09.2016




Mewa / The Seagull  Teatr Woskresinnia on Vimeo.


fot. Tomasz Jangas, Jan Banaszczyk, ŚOK



fot. Krzysztof Kościelniak

fot. Henryk Wajda




Watch the trailer of Seagull  or download here the complete show registered in Krakow (pl) on June 10th 2016


Mewa / The Seagull from Teatr Woskresinnia on Vimeo.