Swietłana Aleksijewicz

Chernobyl. Last Minute

After Chernobyl, time bit its own tail. The beginning and the end joined together. The Chernobyl man took a swipe at everything. The new world blew brains out and… man suddenly started to think. He leaned against nothingness and… hysterical laughter began.

“Chernobyl. Last minute” is a play which arose from performative reading of an adaptation of “The Chernobyl Prayer. A Chronicle of the Future” by Svetlana Alexievich. It is an attempt to take a closer look at the effects of the explosion of April 28, 1986 from both, the human and the political points of view. We would like to invite everyone to the Chernobyl Museum which will visit the Drama Theater in Białystok. A story of contemporary apocalypse, which was nearly absurd, awaits you! Let us begin!

A 12-second-long fragment of a speech by the Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko, relating to the future construction of a nuclear power plant was used in the performance. It was announced during one of the presidential visits to the region which suffered from the Chernobyl disaster.

The information was taken from the website of Belarusian television CTV BY (www.ctv.by) on April 26, 2012.

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 Zdjęcia Muzeum Czarnobyla – ZOBACZ

 

Premiere: March 2, 2013

Stage: main

Admission: premiere - 35 PLN, full ticket - 35 PLN; reduced ticket - 30 PLN; school ticket - 18 PLN

Translation: Jerzy Czech

Adaptation: Dana Łukasińska

Translation of fragments into Belarusian: Alina Wawrzeniuk

Director: Agnieszka Korytkowska-Mazur

Scenography and costumes: Martyna Dworakowska

Music: Paweł Betley

Choreography: Maciej Zakliczyński

Cast:
· Jolanta Borowska: Samosiejka [Self-grown]
· Krzysztof Ławniczak: The Red Partisan
· Bernard Bania: Director of the Nuclear Trip
· Monika Zaborska-Wróblewska: Aplazja
· Agnieszka Możejko-Szekowska: Maria Czarnobylska
· Aleksandra Maj: Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Budslau
· Justyna Godlewska-Kruczkowska: Madwoman from Chechnya
· Danuta Bach: Anti-choir (Of Three Elements)
· Rafał Olszewski: Anti-choir (Of Three Elements)
· Agnieszka Maracewicz: Anti-choir (Of Three Elements) (guest appearance)
· Mateusz Witczuk: Flying-cap Boy (guest appearance)
· Łukasz Węgrzynowski: The Black Box (guest appearance)
· Barbara Pigoń: Krasawica Komsomołka [Beautiful Komsomol Girl] (guest appearance)
· Piotr Szekowski: Driver of the Nuclear Trip (guest appearance)
· Old Women’s Choir: Mirosława Baraszko, Józefa Bukin, Barbara Gawryluk, Zofia Godlewska, Jadwiga Łuckiewicz, Zofia Piechocka, Bogusława Wysocka, Barbara Zgiet (guest appearances)

Traditional East-Slavic song performance: Julita Charytoniuk, Marcin Lićwinko, Anna Błachno, Magdalena Wieremiejuk

Author of photographs: Bartek Warzecha