Vlad Trotsky: The stage as a place of resistance

His eyes are sometimes serious, sometimes smiling. Hoody, gray hair, Vlad Trotsky goes back in time. The beginning of its history in 1964, contrary to what one might think, does not begin in Ukraine: “I was born in a very strange city: Ulan-Ude, the capital of Russia’s Buryatia.” Mom is an English teacher, Dad is an engineer, her son is following in her footsteps. “I first led a career as an engineer. I studied at the Polytechnic University of Kiev and have published several scientific articles in foreign journals.”

Independent theater and committed music

But when the Soviet Union collapsed “Science is collapsing”, Says Vlad Trotsky. Then he leaned towards money, Business. And without any artistic education he created his own independent theater in Kiev in 1994: “Dak”, “Roof”, in Ukrainian. Then a team, in 2004, DakhabrakhaWith a unique musical impression: “I call this style ethno-chaos.”Director explained. “We combine different streams of folk music, and we’re inspired by minimalist currents, especially Philip Glass. Because minimalist music goes very well with our theater.” In 2007, Vlad Trotsky hosted GogolFest, a festival that brings together movies, theater and music, bringing together thousands of visitors each year.

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Then in 2012, another group, more politically, exclusively women, The Dak girls : “The sad girls were among my students. They were post-theater actresses. Their art is more aggressive. What matters to them is the message.” The Battle of Donbass since 2014 and now, condemnation of the Ukraine invasion, from France where Vlad Trotsky and his artists took refuge in mid-March. The director let her go “Very nice house”15 km south of Kyiv, and after a long drive in the car with his wife and daughter, arrived in Vire of Calvados.

We were in Ukraine for two weeks when the war started. We asked ourselves: ‘How can we help and protect our country?’ We decided, after the invitation Lucy Berelovich, director of the Normandy National Drama Center, and Stephen Ricardel, of the Manfort Theater in Paris, will be leaving. “

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“An emotional bond is woven with the audience”

Art has become a weapon of testimony, tirelessly: “Of course you tell yourself, but you can be annoyed in the same way.”Director observation. “Because every day it’s the same fight, the same terrible news. So, after all our shows, we talk to the public. And during the performances, a kind of emotional bond is woven between the audience and us. Then, they’re better. Understand the reality of our history.” “ With a “New obsession”, He believes: A staging project around the Nuremberg Trials, during which Nazi war criminals were tried in 1945 and 1946. The similarity is self-evident.

“We read news that is sometimes terrible, cities are destroyed, our cities are bombed, like Mariupol. I am waiting for the moment when I can go back to Ukraine: this is my country, my motherland. My child was born in Ukraine, I have a theater in Ukraine. “

Inevitably, Vlad Trotsky’s schedule is no longer the same as in Kiev, where he practiced from morning to evening. “It’s not just about creation. At the same time, you have to communicate. At the moment, we are talking to the Ministry of Culture, the director of the Institute Franchise, and we are discussing plans with Goethe-Institute. Berlin. To build the future, create many new projects.” He has to produce. “

Vlad Trotsky said he was grateful to be programmed this summer at the Audion Theater in Paris, at the Montpellier or at the Avignon Festival: “I am very happy that the French, the artists and the institutions support us. Because this is the same fight, a common fight against the Russian monster.” And when he talks to us about his other centers of interest: then his face brightens: Borges’s literature, yoga, which he discovered in India, Bertolucci’s movies, with his films. ConformistIn the face of the director’s permanent artistic rebellion.

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