Tomorrow at 16:15 Eastern time, Pyretic Productions aka Lianna Makuch (me!), Patrick Lundeen, and Matthew MacKenzie are headed out on our Ukraine adventure.
I am starting this blog to chronicle our trip, and to inform anyone who is interested on what we come across!
I am a Ukrainian Canadian theatre artist from Edmonton and an artistic associate with a Canadian independent theatre company, Pyretic Productions. In March 2018, our company is premiering a new work, written by myself, called Blood of Our Soil. It is a multi-disciplinary performance depicting the struggles of the Ukrainian people against the atrocities of Stalin to the horrors of Hitler, while drawing disturbing parallels to the current Putin regime. We will be travelling to Ukraine October 3 – 24 to conduct research for the production.
Generally speaking, we are looking to make connections and meet individuals who have been directly affected by the war — either veterans, displaced people, or their families. We are interested in focusing on individuals and their stories/experiences, and hopefully give a voice to them in order to humanize the conflict to a Canadian audience.
We will be travelling to Kyiv, Sloviansk, Lviv, Chernivtsi, and doing day trips in and round those locations — with the assistance with our very generous Travel & Research Sponsor, Cobblestone Freeway Tours (www.cobblestonefreeway.ca/)!!
I will be making daily updates (pending too much “home brew” consumption…) So stay tuned! Our website is currently under construction, but in the future check out http://www.pyreticproductions.ca for more information on the premiere. Or our Facebbok (Pyretic Productions) and Instagram (pyretic.theatre) to keep up to date.