Production Details / Press Releases
Combining music, poetry, dance and film, this unique theatre event is a powerful exploration of love versus totalitarianism and the personal conflicts of making art in time of war.
Bunker Cabaret is a new performance by Hooligan Art Community which took its starting point in the bomb shelters of Kyiv. Combining music, poetry, dance and film, this unique theatre event is a powerful exploration of love versus totalitarianism, and the personal conflicts of making art in a time of war. By turns ironic, raw, funny and devastating, the performance starkly reveals the artists’ individual experiences of the war while communicating a shared humanity, creating beautiful moments of connection between artists and audiences.
Hooligan Art Community is an independent theatre company established in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 2019. They make performances in non-traditional spaces that explore the dynamic relationship between actor and audience. The group has worked entirely outside of the state theatre system creating work that advocates for freedom of expression and equality. On 24 February 2022, the full-scale russian invasion brought war to all of Ukraine. The company’s work was disassembled overnight. On 18 August 2022, the artists reunited in the UK to create Bunker Cabaret, playing sold out shows in London, Redruth, Eastleigh and Berlin. Hooligan Art Community’s current tour of Bunker Cabaret marks the one year anniversary of russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
TFB Nr. 1732
Cast & Credits
Written and performed by:
Performer – Mirra Zhuchkova
Performer – Sam Kyslyi
Performer – Danylo Shramenko
Lighting designer – Natalka Perchyshyna
Video artist – Liubov Sliusareva
Costume designer – Paul Kuraksin
Movement and Dramaturgical Consultant – Mathis Kleinschnittger
Director – Peter Cant
A Co-production of Hooligan Art Community and DOCK ART funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Bunker Cabaret was developed with support from Britten Pears Arts, 101 Outdoor Arts, Volta International Festival and Somerset House Exchange and funded by Urgent Action Fund and crowdfunding support. The 2023 UK tour is produced as part of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture supported by the British Council, Ukrainian Institute with additional funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
DOCK 11 / DOCK ART GmbH
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):