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IYOV has undoubtedly become a significant phenomenon of Ukrainian musical theatre. It has put the Ukrainian opera on the high level of quality and led the traditional opera genre to new modern forms both externally and internally.
— Marnya Haiduk, MUSIC

[IYOV] left a lot of sacral questions in spectators’ hearts
— Veronika Sklyarova, Kharkiv Observer

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About the Show

US Premiere
January 15-16 and 18-20 at 8pm

At HERE’s Mainstage Theatre

An opera-requiem, IYOV is a story of the biblical character Job’s life, pride and disbelief. Named for the Hebrew word for Job, IYOV centers on the man’s search for life's meaning through a synthesis of musical and theatrical techniques ranging from ancient Greek drama to baroque opera and more. Combining minimalism and the avant-garde, neoclassicism and rock, the music of IYOV features polyphonic choral episodes and instrumental interludes that alternate with a full range of the human voice: everything from classical, jazz and folk singing to breathing, screaming, whispering and overtone singing. At the center of IYOV’s musical landscape is an exceptional piano that sonically transforms into a self-contained orchestra, echoing a harpsichord, drums, and even a synthesizer and other electronic instruments. An extraordinary Ukrainian opera, IYOV blends an emotional journey, the birth of a new sound, and the endless possibilities of the human voice. 

Director Vladyslav Troitskyi
Conductor & Composer Roman Grygoriv
Composer Illia Razumeiko
Live Video Mixer Mariia Volkova
Lighting Designer Nataliya Perchyshena
Sound Engineer Caley Monahon-Ward

Actor Marina Celander
Singer Mariana Holovko
Singer Ruslan Kirsh
Singer Andrii Koshman
Singer Hanna Marych
Singer Yevhen Rakhmanin
Singer Oleksandra Turyanska
Instrumentalist Zhanna Marchinska
Instrumentalist Andrii Nadolskyi
Instrumentalist Illia Razumeiko

IYOV was created in 2015 at the order of the festival of contemporary art, GogolFestIYOV is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Show Run Time: 70 Minutes

Connect with Nova Opera, the group of artists behind IYOV here.

Piano for IYOV generously provided by Amadeus Pianos


Photo by Vasyl Osadchyi

Artist Bio

Vlad Troitskyi (Director) is a stage-director, director and art director. Vlad was born in Ulan-Ude, Russia, 1964. He graduated at the Radio Technician faculty of Kiev Polytechnic Institute in 1987, and finished post-graduate course at Kiev Polytechnic Institute in 1990. In 2002 he received his diploma in acting and directing at the Russian Theatre Art Academy in Moscow. Troitskyi is the founder, director and art director of DAKH Centre of Contemporary Arts, where he directed more than 35 performances. In 2004 he founded “DakhaBrakha" the ethno-chaos band, and in 2007 he launched an audio-visual- theatre-literature-philosophic art project: Festival of Contemporary Art "GogolFest". He is also founder of the Dakh Daughters Band. Recently in Hungary Vlad Troitskyi directed the opera Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. During 2015-2017, he staged IYOV, BABYLON, and ARK.

Roman Grygoriv (Conductor & Composer) is a gifted Ukrainian composer, conductor and author of chamber, vocal, symphonic works, and theatrical music. Roman was born in 1984 in Iv ano- Frankivsk, Ukraine. He continues postgraduate studies at the National Music Academy where he is pursuing a Masters of Music in composition. He is the chairman of the artistic foundation PORTO FRANKO, founder and director of international festivals, such as: the Frank Opera fest; Porto Franko (Ukraine); MOZ- ART 2014 (China); and the Music from Europe in 2015 (China). He has also been an artistic manager of international festivals, including the O-Fest 2013-2015 (Ukraine). Since 2011, Roman has worked as a composer and artist of the National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine. And since 2011, he has been a member of the National Union of Composers of Ukraine. In 2015, together with composer Illia Razumeyko, he created the opera-requiem IYOV for the international festival GogolFest. In 2016, Roman and Illia wrote two operas: the overnight opera The UnSimple and the opera-circus BABYLON. During the 2016/17 season, they created operas ARK and WOZZECK.

Illia Razumeiko (Composer) is a Ukrainian composer and author of chamber, vocal, and symphonic works. Illia was born in 1989 in Zaporozhia, Ukraine. In 2007, he graduated from Zaporozhia Music College (class of music theory). From 2007-2012, he studied at the Kiev Conservatory and from 2012 to 2013, he worked at the National Theatre of Operetta of Ukraine. Illia studied at the Vienna Conservatory in the class of instrumental composition from 2013 to 2015. Since 2015, he has been studying electroacoustic music. Together, with composer Roman Grygoriv, they organized international festivals, such as the Frank Opera fest, Porto Franko (Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine), O-Fest-2013 (Kyiv, Ukraine), MOZ-ART 2014 (Shenzhen, China), Interior II (Vienna, Austria), and the Music from Europe in 2015(Harbin, China). In 2015, they created the opera-requiem IYOV for the VIII International multidisciplinary festival of contemporary art GogolFest. In 2016, thyey wrote the opera-circus BABYLON and overnight opera The UnSimple. In 2017, they created the opera-ballet ARK and the trap-opera WOZZECK.

Mariia Volkova (video designer) was born in Zaporizhia in 1983. Mariia studied biology at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy from 2000-2006. Since 2005 she has been a lighting designer at Center of Contemporary Art DAKH. In 2006 she studied "Coaching and teambuilding" and "Stage light" at Moving Arts Performing Academy (Kyiv) and "Video projection" in 2007 (Belgrad, Serbia). Since 2008 Mariia has been the video and lighting designer of DakhaBrakha, an ethnic chaos band. At the same year Mariia started her cooperation with GogolFest contemporary art festival. In 2014, she began to collaborate as a lighting and visual artist with freak cabaret Dakh Daughters Band and was integral to the formation of Nova Opera (Coriolanus, IYOV, BABYLON).  

Nataliya Perchyshena (lighting designer) was born in Khmelnitskyi region in 1981. Nataliya graduated from the State University of Information and Communication Technologies in 2003. Since 2000 she studied at the acting school of V.Ogloblin and V.Troitskyi. Since 2001 Nataliya started working as a lighting designer at Center of Contemporary Art DAKH. She was the technical director of the International Contemporary Art Festival at GogolFest from 2007-2011 and 2014-2016.  In 2010 Nataliya was the technical director of Jazz Koktebel Festival. Since 2015 she collaborates as a lighting designer with Nova Opera and was integral to the company’s formation. Nataliya also cooperates with the Wild Theater and director Maksym Golenko.

Maksym Kapusta (sound engineer) was born in Sumy in 1976. Maksym is one of the most famous concert sound engineers in Ukraine. During a long period of time Maksym worked with Ukrainian pop stars such as Iryna Bilyk, Ivo Bobul, and VV band. He mastered studio recordings of symphonic orchestras and the following bands: "Lepricons", "Gudimov", "Vopli Vidopliasova", "BoomBox", and "Tabula Rasa". Since 2015 Maksym sound engineered productions of Nova Opera: opera-requiem IYOV, overnight opera The UnSimple and opera circus BABYLON. As a sound designer Maksym Kapusta created video versions of IYOV and BABYLON operas.