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September 21st - 22nd 2024
Scena internazionale - theatre - theatre

Bart Baele
Yves Degryse
Cathy Blisson

Zvizdal [Chernobyl – so far, so close]

1986. About 90 towns and villages around Pripyat are evacuated as a result of a failed atomic test. Zvizdal presents an intimate portrait of a ghost town and the elderly couple who chose not to abandon it. A story of loneliness, survival, poverty but also of hope and love between two eighty-year-olds who are surrounded by fossilized spaces that are invaded by nature and the colorless and odorless radiation that pervades everything around them. 


Concept and direction: BERLIN/Bart Baele, Yves Degryse, Cathy Blisson
With: Nadia & Pétro Opanassovitch Lubenoc

interviews: Yves Degryse et Cathy Blisson

Photography and editing: Bart Baele et Geert De Vleesschauwer

set design: BERLIN, Manu Siebens et Ina Peeters

Sound recordings: Toon Meuris, Bas De Caluwé, Manu Siebens et Karel Verstreken

Performer: Olga Mitronina

Soundtrack and mixing: Peter Van Laerhoven

Set construction: Manu Siebens, Klaartje Vermeulen, Dirk Stevens et Kasper Siebens

Scale models Ina Peeters, with help from Puck Vonk, Rosa Fens and Thomas Dreezen

Mechanical design Joris Festjens et Dirk Lauwers

Graphic design Jelle Verryckt

Production Manager Laura Fierens

Company management: Kurt Lannoye (until 2021), Tine Verhaert

Office management: Jane Seynaeve, Maya Van der Brempt

Distribution: Eveline Martens, David Bauwens

Communication: Sam Loncke

Production Credits

Production: BERLIN

co-production Het Zuidelijk Toneel (Tilburg, NL), PACT Zollverein (Essen, DE), Dublin Theatre

Festival (IE), le CENTQUATRE-PARIS (FR), Brighton Festival (UK), BIT Teatergarasjen – House

On Fire (Bergen, NO), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE), Ku?nstlerhaus Mousonturm

Frankfurt am Main (DE), Theaterfestival Boulevard (Den Bosch, NL), Onassis Cultural Centre

(Athens, GR)

with the support of the Flemish government, DE SINGEL (Antwerp, BE)

thanks to Wim Bervoets, Brice Maire, Lux Lumen, Els De Bodt, Pascal Rueff, Morgan Touzé,

Christophe Ruetsch, Isabelle Grynberg, Nadine Malfait, Natalie Schrauwen, Katleen Treier, Piet Menu, Anthe & Ama Oda Baele, Remi et Ilias Degryse

BERLIN is in-house artist at NTGent (BE), associate artist at DE SINGEL (Antwerp, BE)

and international associate artist at CENTQUATRE-PARIS (FR).