children keep all our tears
[documentary and musical performance]
Co-production by the Schauspielkollektiv – Neues Schauspiel Lüneburg
and CCA Dakh/Gogolfest
DURATION: 1h 15min This will be followed by an audience discussion.
In Ukrainian and German with German/Ukrainians subtitles

14 April 2023
Theater an der Ilmenau
(Greyerstr. 3, 29525 Uelzen)
Free ticket contingent for refugees from Ukraine.
is a performance about the tragedy of mothers whose children are on the front line. The storyline of the performance revolves around a woman's memories of love, birth, childhood, and the anticipation of what may not happen because of the War. The story combines three time dimensions: past, present, and the possible happy future. However, there is another side of reality and a key question: "What if he never comes back?".

"MOTHERHEART: children keep all our tears"
Realising the cyclical nature of events and life, the woman is almost ready to accept her reality but allows herself to live in a moment of hope for the last time and shares it with the audience. The performance immerses us in the state of a person living in a world of uncertainty and helplessness, but who can also find strength in the shared experience of grief.
"MOTHERHEART: children keep all our tears"
The performance is based on personal texts written by Ukrainian mothers to their sons during Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, including letters from women in a bomb shelter in Mariupol and a woman from Lviv whose two sons died on the front line. These texts are supplemented by dramatic texts.
"MOTHERHEART: children keep all our tears"
Meet our team:
  • Vlad Troitskyi, 58 y.o
    Role: director
    the founder of the CCA «DAKH», creator and president of the Festival of Contemporary Art  GOGOLFEST (one of the top 5 European festivals according to EFFA), artistic director, creator of world-music quartet DakhaBrakha, intellectual freak cabaret DakhDaughters, music formation NovaOpera, director, producer, actor, playwriter, scenographer.
  • Andrii Palatnyi, 36 y.o
    Role: curator
    actor, project manager, curator and producer. From 2010 till now an actor and project manager at the Center of Contemporary Arts DAKH (Kyiv, Ukraine). From 2016 till now curator of theatre/performing art and residency program, international relationship at International Multidisciplinary Festival of Contemporary Art “GOGOLFEST”, NGO (Kyiv, Ukraine).
  • Julia v. Thoen
    Role: Actress director theatre pedagogue dramaturg executive director
    Her work has taken her to the Staatstheater Mainz, the Burgfestspiele Jagsthausen and the Lüneburg Theatre. Since 2005 she has directed the Schauspielkollektiv- Neues Schauspiel Lüneburg together with Thomas Flocken and has taken over the management. She works for the Schauspielkollektiv as a director and theatre teacher and can also be seen on stage in several productions.
  • Thomas Flocken
    Role: Actor director theatre pedagogue
    Has been active in the theatre since his early youth. After completing his acting training at the Margot Höpfner School in Hamburg, he worked at various theatres throughout Germany, including the Westdeutsches Tourneetheater Remscheid, the Nordhessisches Landestheater Marburg, the Ernst Deutsch Theatre in Hamburg, the Lüneburg Theatre (permanent ensemble member for many years) and the Burgfestspiele Jagsthausen. Since 2001 he has also worked as a director. In 2005 he founded the Schauspielkollektiv together with Julia v. Thoen, which he co-directs with her.
  • Tetiana Troitska, 48 y.o
    Role: performer on stage
    Actress of DAKH theatre (Kyiv, Ukraine), theatrical coach, and film director. More than 35 roles in performances in Ukraine and abroad.
    Famous works:
    “Danse Macabre”, an actress, (2022) by Vlad Troitskyi
    “Ukrainian Decameron”, an actress, (2021) by Vlad Troitskyi
    “Time of Troubles”, an actress, (2019) by Vlad Troitskyi
    “IYOV", an actress, (2015) by Vlad Troitskyi
    “DogHouse. View from above. View from below”, an actress, (2014) by Vlad Troitskyi
  • Mariana Golovko, 40 y.o
    Role: performer/vocal on stage
    Singer, actress, broadcaster, and vocal coach. The author of her own music project “SUOK”. Soloist in the contemporary Ukrainian formation “NOVA OPERA” and performs with contemporary Ukrainian composers on the academic stage. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, she created a music project “DAS WORTSPIEL”.
  • Sofiia Melnyk, 34 y.o
    Role: visual art/ animation live
    A Ukrainian illustrator and animator. A graduate of the Animationsinstitut at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and has been working as a freelancer since then. She has illustrated several books and music album covers, worked as an animator, animation supervisor and designer on short movies, as well as animated feature films and documentaries for TV and cinema. She is working with theatre, creating live visualisation for plays and audio-visual performances.
  • Yana Shliabanska, 28 y.o
    Role: composer/live electronic musician on stage
    A graduate of Pyotr Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine (music composition). She worked as a composer at Platform of modern dance, Malyy theater, electroacoustic duet GUMA, and as a musician in the contemporary Ukrainian formation “NOVA OPERA”.
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Director: Vladyslav Troitskyi
Actress: Tetiana Troitska
Composer: Yana Shliabanska
Vocal: Mariana Golovko
Voices: Julia v. Thoen, Thoams Flocken, Ensemble Schauspielkollektiv
Animation: Sofiia Melnyk
Dramaturgy and production management: Julia v. Thoen, Thomas Flocken
Stage design: Igor Frank / Matthias Riske
Artist of art objects: Daria Alyoshkina
Video: Mariia Yakovenko
Sound: Anton Ocheretianyi
Light: Astkhik Hryhorian
Curator: Andrii Palatnyi
Project manager: Katherina Vasiliadis
Coordinator: Viktoriia Fedoriv
Web-design: Alina Danylova

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