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 Actor Oleksii Horbunov to play major part in '2014' opera dedicated to Crimea occupation. VIDEO

'2014,' based on Velimir Khlebnikov's poem about events leading to Crimea occupation, will be the first futuristic opera in Ukraine, premiering on July 30 in Odesa.

As reported by Censor.NET, the production is authored by one of the most influential Ukrainian directors Oleksii Kolomiitsev and stars talented actor Oleksii Horbunov.

The opera is based on a poem by avant-garde writer of the 20th century Velimir Khlebnikov titled "Night search."



Horbunov noted he had been searching for a play to star in for several years. As Kolomiitsev showed him the play and said it would be an opera, Horbunov immediately agreed.

"I am so pleased, for this is the first play in Ukraine of this kind. This is a modern play, a futuristic opera. Moreover, Velimir Khlebnikov has never been staged in Ukraine," the actor noted.

Khlebnikov's text is about Petrograd events in 1917. It was written in 1921. The opera's scene unfolds during Russian occupation of Crimea in 2014.

"The original text has not been amended, only put together," the actor noted. "It is a grand creation by Velimir Khlebnikov, written almost 100 years ago, and we all are experiencing something similar to residents of Petrograd, when Cheka members were coming to their yards, shooting people and confiscating property. This is all so familiar for us today, especially to Crimean Tatars who are interrogated daily," Horbunov said.

Kolomiitsev wrote his opera in 1997 as a degree project. The play was staged in 2008 in Kharkiv Kotlarevskyi University of arts for the first time.

Commenting on possible provocations due to the topic of the play, Horbunov noted that the genre of the opera and the fact it has never been staged in Ukraine before is of the biggest importance.

"It's a hard work, bit people only care whether it is political or not!" he said.

The play has been rehearsed for two months now and is planned to be showed in Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities of Ukraine.

2014

July 30, 7 p.m. at Ukrainian theater, Odesa.

Script, music, production by Oleksii Kolomiitsev.

Starring: Oleksii Horbunov.

Based on Velimir Khlebnikov's poem "Night search"


 
 
 
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