Viy

 

 

Is man merely a victim of fate? Could the course of life be determined by one meeting, which becomes the biggest trial for the faith and the will? Is there a punishment for doubting the divine powers?

Seeking a shelter for the night, a group of seminary students finds a lonely house in the deep forest. There, one of them would be marked forever…The merry group begins a sinister descent towards a black church - a citadel of superstitions and creatures of the night. Homa Brut has to face his own doubts and to choose between what he sees and what he believes in…

Viy is a story about a journey of a man from the light towards darkness, from atheism towards faith. It is also a story of the witch-woman, ready to do anything to possess the man she has chosen. She undergoes various metamorphoses, but her aim remains unaltered. Death is only the beginning…
Viy was written by Nikolai Gogol, who based his short story on a folklore narrative. Dramaexport’s version is a free interpretation of the work of the Russian master rather than a stage adaptation of a literary source. We are seeking a more dynamic approach, which would enable us to a present a work that is not highly dependent on traditional theatre environment. Thus we would like to experiment with alternative spaces, which allow more immediate contact between actors and audience. With its spontaneity and minimalist setting, the project would tour easily and participate in festivals.
  

 

Written/adapted for stage and directed by: Miryana Dimitrova and Kiril Baikov