Zvizdal [Chernobyl – So far, so close] 

  • Film
  • Performance

1986. About 90 towns and villages around Chernobyl are evacuated. Pétro and Nadia, a married couple in their sixties at the time, refuse to leave the death zone and stay behind in their home village of Zvizdal. From 2011 to 2016, the Belgian group BERLIN accompanies the couple and portrays their life in a ghost town where there is neither electricity nor running water; but superstition and vodka. “Zvizdal” is a film performance, a multimedia experience about loneliness, survival, poverty, hope and the love of two old people. Amidst a complex screen set-up, a scale model of Nadia and Pétro’s living space is created.

After the performance on 03.07. there will be an audience discussion.

Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.

Ukrainian, with German and English subtitles

+ The performance on 04.07. 10:00 a.m. is also offered as a school event. Enquiries to Christopher Utpadel,, T +49 351 264 62 37


Concept & direction: BERLIN [Bart Baele & Yves Degryse] & Cathy Blisson
with: Nadia & Pétro
Opanassovich Lubenoc
Interviews: Yves Degryse & Cathy Blisson
Photography & Editing: Bart Baele & Geert De Vleesschauwer
Set Design: BERLIN, Manu Siebens & Ina Peeters
Sound recording: Toon Meuris, Bas De Caluwé, Manu Siebens & Karel Verstreken
Interpreter: Olga Mitronina
Soundtrack & Mixing: Peter Van Laerhoven
Set Construction: Manu Siebens, Klaartje Vermeulen, Dirk Stevens & Kasper Siebens
Scale models: Ina Peeters, with the help of Puck Vonk, Rosa Fens & Thomas Dreezen

Mechanics: Joris Festjens & Dirk Lauwers
Graphic design: Jelle Verryckt
Production: Laura Fierens
Management: Kurt Lannoye
Administrator: Jane Seynaeve
Distribution: Eveline Martens
Communication: Sam Loncke
Production : BERLIN
Coproduction : Het Zuidelijk Toneel [Tilburg, NL], PACT Zollverein [Essen, DE], Dublin Theatre Festival [IE], le CENTQUATRE [Paris, FR], Brighton Festival [UK], BIT Teatergarasjen – House On Fire [Bergen, NO], Kunstenfestivaldesarts [Brussels, BE], Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main [DE], Theatre Festival Boulevard [Den Bosch, NL], Onassis Cultural Centre [Athens, GR].
WITH THE SUPPORT of: the Flemish Government, deSingel [Antwerp, BE].
THANKS to: Wim Bervoets, Brice Maire, Lux Lumen, Els De Bodt, Pascal Rueff, Morgan Touzé, Christophe Ruetsch, Isabelle Grynberg, Nadine Malfait, Natalie Schrauwen, Katleen Treier, Piet Menu, Anthe & Ama Oda Baele, Remi & Ilias Degryse.

BERLIN is ‘creative associate’ at deSingel (Antwerp, BE) and
artiste associé’ at CENTQUATRE (Paris, FR)

The North American tour of Zvizdal is supported by the General
Delegation of the Government of Flanders in the USA