Balaklava Blues

Balaklava Blues


June 21, 2018 - Luminato Festival, Toronto, Mod Club
July 12 - 15, 2018 - Latitude Festival, Henman Park, Suffolk, UK

BALAKLAVA BLUES is an etno-rave set in the middle of the war-torn Ukrainian steppe. Video from the front lines of the Donbas war, footage from mine shafts, factories, and fields, and iconic Soviet cartoons form the backdrop for remixed folk songs by Counting Sheep/Lemon Bucket Orkestra creators Mark and Marichka Marczyk.

A couple named WAR (Marichka Marczyk) and SOLDIER (Mark Marczyk) guide you through this complex visual expression of the Ukrainian psyche, and glimpses of life on the front lines of the current Ukraine-Russia conflict. Celebration, regret, obligation, fear, anger, introspection, and surprise weave with industrial synths at this unusual party.

Mark and Marichka Marczyk are the recipients of two Dora Awards, a Scotsman Edinburgh Fringe First Award, and an Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award.

Music/Performance by Mark and Marichka Marczyk
Created by Mark Marczyk, Marichka Marczyk, Michael Rubenfeld
Production Design by David Mesiha
Choreography by Orian Michaeli

Producer: Michael Rubenfeld
Producing Company: Selfconscious Productions


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Foreign Radical

Thirty participants are invited into an intriguing theatrical game exploring security, profiling, privacy and freedom of expression in the age of cybersurveillance.  Mobile throughout the performance, the participants collaborate, compete, investigate, debate and spy on each other. Depending on personal and group responses, participants witness different perspectives on the action, gathering evidence from dramatic scenes and documentary media that colour their views and how they play the game.


Writer/Producer Tim Carlson
Dramaturgy Kathleen Flaherty
Sound Design, Music, Video Operator David Mesiha
Lighting Designer Kyla Gardiner, with Mark Eugster
Director Jeremy Waller, with Tim Carlson
Performers Milton Lim, Aryo Khakpour
Video Designer Cande Andrade


Michael Rubenfeld