When art finances the Ukrainian army |  War in Ukraine

When art finances the Ukrainian army | War in Ukraine

In downtown kyiv, Marusia Ionova and Nadia Golubtsova go to the basement of Dakh, a theater school well known to Ukrainians. As she plays a few notes on an out-of-tune piano that has seen better days, Marusia prepares to welcome her few students who this evening are going to rehearse an experimental theater choreography.

The small troupe of apprentice actors from the Dakh School in kyiv is welcomed by Marusia Ionova and Nadia Golubtsova.

Photo: Radio-Canada

The course takes place in one of the cramped premises, in a small, very dark room which acts as a stage. While the young adults, all dressed in black, are busy installing chairs in the center of the room, Mariusa selects jerky electronic music while Nadia gives some instructions for tonight’s rehearsal.

A soulful artistic performance for Marusia, who three months ago, when the war started, had to put all her art on hold.

We didn’t know what to do for our country, with our art, so we started writing a war diary. »

A quote from Mariusa Ionova

So, with Nadia, she transformed this war diary into a play that they wanted to present abroad. To promote Ukrainian culture in times of war and to explain in an artistic way what its people were going through.

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For Marusia Ionova, being on stage is an opportunity to express herself and an act of support for her country in times of war

Photo: Radio-Canada / Frédéric Arnould

Thus was born Human, question mark, an assemblage of music and theatrical performance against the backdrop of war and its deadly bombardments. The show was presented a few weeks ago in Hannover in Germany and in Budapest in Hungary. Not without emotion for the two artists, but it was on their return to their land that they took on the full extent of the impact of their art on theirs.

In kyiv, a few days after this European escapade, Marusia indeed decides to offer this spectacle within the framework of a special one-day event which she organizes and baptizes Art as a weaponart as a weapon.

In the basement of the Dakh school, these apprentice actors rehearse a choreography which will be presented in kyiv as part of another benefit day for the benefit of the Ukrainian army

Photo: Radio-Canada / Frédéric Arnould

An event filled with theatre, music, creative workshops and visual arts that met with unexpected success; the curious came by the hundreds.

It was the first cultural event since the beginning of the war and there were a lot of spectators, we did not expect it remembers Marusia.

The show they had designed for Europeans actually conquered their own fellow citizens. The spectators were crying and laughing, all together, and at the end everyone was standing and saying “Glory to Ukraine” and that gave us so much energyadded Mariusa.

Poster of the event “Art as a weapon”, a day dedicated to the arts for the benefit of the Ukrainian army

Photo: Event poster

Thanks to the success of the event, they raised money with ticket sales. A few thousand dollars, which may seem ridiculous in the face of the Russian enemy, but which have been donated to the Ukrainian army.

It’s a way to take care of the people we love, if patriotism is that, then yes, it’s a patriotic act admits Nadia Golubtsova.

Marusia Ionova plays a few notes on the somewhat out of tune piano that has seen better days in this basement of the Dakh acting school in downtown kyiv.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Frédéric Arnould

The event Art as a weapon has never been so aptly named, according to her. Culture is a very strong weapon, it’s a matter of mind. When you fall, when it’s hard, when the darkness absorbs you, it’s important to understand what you’re fighting for, not what you’re fighting against.she adds.

For Mariusa, art is also a weapon of liberation. They can destroy our buildings, our houses, but they will never destroy what we call here in the Ukrainian language, our freedom, that is all that belongs to our nation.

It’s not just Marusia’s troop that has gradually resumed its activities. Recently, the kyiv Opera began to welcome a limited number of spectators again for performances of the Barber of Seville. A way of symbolically resisting the aggressor, letting him know that fear does not prevent them from having a semblance of normal life.

For their part, Marusia and Nadia will offer another day of cultural events in Kyiv in the coming weeks. Another way also to make known artists and arts with sometimes more confidential success.

Do not immediately count on a very light and humorous tone, warns Nadia. We would like comedy to come after tragedy, but we are not there yet.

Nadia Golubtsova, an actress and artist from kyiv, believes that if helping the Ukrainian army with its artistic performance is patriotism, then yes, being an artist is a patriotic act.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Frédéric Arnould

In any case, probably not before the upcoming liberation of their country, they believe in unison.

I hope that soon we can transform all this energy created by hatred and aggression into a new form of consciousness of humanity and I think that last empire, Russia, will collapse, they shout together. Do you really think so? I asked them. Pffft, of course…they let out, as if they were sweeping the country of Vladimir Putin with a simple wave of the hand.

So many Ukrainian hopes leaving this dark little place in downtown kyiv, where these artistic performances are concocted which have really become weapons of mass distraction in these times of war.

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