We are 5 musicians from different cities of Ukraine were forced to leave their homes and studios due to the war that Russia started with the whole world. Some of our equipment and musical instruments were destroyed. Despite that, we continue to create music and this helps us and others to overcome this traumatic experience and share it with each other and with the whole world.
The project team came together through chance meetings and unexpected coincidences. However, it is in this way that many ideas are born and made true. We are creating an audiovisual show based on the local children’s and youth’s cultural center PADIYUN. This state cultural center hosts music, dance lessons and other creative fields for children and also houses many displaced people from other cities of Ukraine who were forced to leave their homes due to the war.
The result of our work should be a performance built on the stories that we hear every day. This collective experience is a source of inspiration for us, and in order to create one story out of many stories, we use the construction of the so-called monomyth on which millions of stories are built. The eight stages of the monomyth correspond to the eight parts of our presentation and are divided among the participants so that everyone can produce their own piece of history that most closely resonates with their life experience. At the same time, as a result, we will get the whole storyline of the hero’s journey, who was forced to leave the usual environment, face an unusual one, get what they wanted by paying a price for it, return home and find that they were already changed completely.
We really need help with this project! Even after the premiere in Uzhgorod, where the project participants are now, we want to tell this story in other cities of Ukraine and the world. We involve Ukrainian visual artists to accompany the performance with digital art. We’d like to create a series of NFT products with which we will thank people who are ready to support us. We are also planning to make a metaverse audiovisual show so that an international audience can be a part of this unique and complex project.