Mariia Oneshchak, Nataliia Rybka-Parkhomenko, Myroslava Kyshchun-Rachynska
Part 4: Underway – Ritual incantation in eastern Europe
On the eastern edge of Europe, the force fields nature and technology meet in their extremes. You can find the last primeval forests in Europe in the vast expanses of the Ukraine and Russia; great rivers like the Volga, Ural or Dnipro flow criss-cross the country between the western border of Kasachstan and the eastern border of Poland. It is also, however, the areas of the Trans-Siberian Railway, mine accidents in the Donezk mining region, the sarcophagus of Chernobyl and the cemetery of scuttled nuclear submarines in Murmansk. The expansive wild landscapes between the Bering, Caspian and Black Seas form a rich cultural region for millions of people. In metropolises like the ukrainian Odessa or the russian Yekaterinenburg and Perm powerful artistic impulses continue to originate through the present day, and the resulting waves have an effect all the way to Paris and Berlin.
In this season’s fourth edition of Unterwegs we invite you to a musical incantation festival – a Kupala Night. Musicians such as the Russian multi-instrumentalist Sergej Starostin playing traditional wind instruments and the Ukrainian singer Mariana Sadovska have roamed across eastern Europe on numerous expeditions in the past 20 years to collect and create new and archaic musical material. Today they are celebrating their view of man’s relationship to nature and technology in a Kupala Night. They will sing and play of secret rituals performed by young lovers who jump over fire; they will invoke the powers of water and the sun in the hope of magical self-purification and healing of the people and environment damaged by major catastrophes.