The play “The revolution starves its children” in Cologne

The year 2023 marks the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor – Stalin’s starvation terror in Ukraine in the 1930s.

On November 24, we invite Cologne residents to watch the play and learn more about it through art.

Photo: Ana Lukenda, Schauspiel Köln

The play “The revolution starves its children” paints a large panoramic picture of historical events and private stories.

The performers use witness testimonies, journalistic reports and government statements to speak out against forgetting. Inspired by Soviet historical panoramas, visual contexts of images and timelines appear, revealing the political and personal backgrounds. The result is a theatrical panoramic image, rhythmized by electronic sounds and live
sounds and live singing, which makes the manipulation of history tangible.

When: November 24, 2023 at 7:00 pm

Where? Schauspiel Köln, Depot 2


Artistic direction: André Erlen · Stefan H. Kraft

Director: André Erlen

Stage & Costume: Michaela Muchina

Video design & live camera: Valerij Lisac

Supertitles: Andrew Clarke (Panthea)

Live music: Mariana Sadovska · Jörg Ritzenhoff· Yasia Sayenko

Production management: Theresa Heussen

Artistic collaboration: Pavlo Yurov

Lighting: Jürgen Kapitein

Dramaturgy: Lea Goebel

Accompanying program

In addition, historians, memory researchers and artists will discuss current references and historical taboos in Ukrainian and German cultures of remembrance.

  • Introduction “The Holodomor and the Germans”

Music: Mariana Sadovska

Impulse: Prof. Dr. Guido Hausmann (Regensburg)

18:00 | Foyer | Admission free

  • The play “The revolution starves its children”

19:00 | Depot 2 | With ticket

  • Follow-up discussion “The power of memory”

with Prof. Oksana Dovhopolova (Odesa), Mykola Homaniuk (Kherson) and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Simon (Cologne). Moderation: Lea Goebel

8:45 pm | Depot 2 | Admission free

An event by Futur3, Ukrainian Institute and Blau-Gelbes-Kreuz e.V. in cooperation with Schauspiel Köln and Orangerie Theater, in collaboration with Freihandelszone – Ensemblenetzwerk Köln e.V.. As a project of the Goethe-Institut supported by project funds from the Federal Foreign Office to sustainably strengthen the resilience of Ukrainian cultural and educational partners.