Blood of Our Soil
by Lianna Makuch
March 1-9, 2018
Westbury Theatre (10330 – 84 Ave)
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After generations of new conflict, a new crisis opens old wounds.
Blood of Our Soil tells the story of Hania, a Canadian woman, as she reflects on fond memories of summers spent with her beloved Baba (Ukrainian for grandmother). After a chance discovery allows her to gain new insights about her Baba’s struggles during WWII, Hania is compelled to gain a deeper understanding of both her personal and cultural history. She travels to her ancestral Ukrainian homeland, exploring both its beauty and its traumas. But Hania is not prepared for what she discovers as she learns of the devastating impact the current conflict has had in Eastern Ukraine.
Blood of Our Soil depicts 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. A poignant and emotional performance experience, Blood of Our Soil integrates dramatic storytelling, live Ukrainian folk music, a fusion of Ukrainian and contemporary dance, and a projection design that paints a landscape of both beauty and terror.
“How can our land not but be fertile when so much blood has seeped into it?”
Inspired by the actual experiences of the playwright’s grandparents, who fled Ukraine during WWII, and the true accounts of people interviewed in the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine, during a recent trip to Ukraine. Blood of Our Soil reveals personal stories which span generations at the heart of political turmoil: from WWII to the hybrid conflict currently raging in Eastern Ukraine. Blood of Our Soil gives voice to the voiceless people whose lives have been affected by the frozen conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Europe’s current “forgotten war,” where current Russian aggression has killed more than 10,000 people, and displaced millions.
Blood of Our Soil is a heart-rending comparison of the Ukrainian Canadian experience to true stories of people living in present day war-torn Ukraine.
Direction by Patrick Lundeen
Movement Direction by Alida Kendell
Stage Management by Lore Green
Production Design by Stephanie Bahniuk
Music Direction by Larissa Pohoreski
Projection/Sound Design by Nicholas Mayne
Dramaturgy by Matthew MacKenzie
Featuring Lianna Makuch, Oscar Derkx, Julia Guy, Maxwell Lebeuf, Tanya Pacholok, Larissa Pohoreski
Production Management by Trent Crosby
Technical Direction by Matthew Currie
Design Associate Emily Randall
Lobby Installation Curation by Marlee Yule
Lobby Installation Project Lead Jamie McLean
Company Management by Erin Voaklander
“[Blood of Our Soil] is the most powerful presentation that I have seen of the long history of travesties that the people of Ukraine have suffered from the time of Stalin through Hitler and now under Putin.”
– Linda Duncan, MP Edmonton-Strathcona, House of Commons March 20,2017
Blood of Our Soil is a co-presentation with St. John’s Institute:
St. John’s Institute fosters a stronger Ukrainian heritage and Canadian community by producing educational, spiritual, cultural, and outreach programs for youth and community members. We support the community by providing excellent affordable housing close to campus and downtown, and by helping to promote the city’s arts and cultural scene.
In association with
Thank you to our Funders
Ukrainian Pioneers’ Association of Alberta (UPAA)
Alberta Ukrainian Commemorative Society (AUCS)
Thank you to our Title Sponsor