Street Ballads Ukraine

A live soundscape with contemporary voices from the Ukraine

Street Ballads

The performance project Street Ballads collects different voices on the present throughout Europe in the form of a live soundscape.

Street Ballads III – Ukraine will have three performances in Zurich in summer 2023. The live soundscape is comprised of literary passages, a choreography, and sound elements, blending artistic disciplines to accompany the works of ten Ukrainian authors. They pro­vide the voice of a historical, mythological or legendary figure of their choice to com­ment on the present. The performance brings together 20 artists from the Ukraine and Switzerland.


Street Ballads III - Ukraine is a performative-vocal intervention. The acoustic landscape will be presented via narrative fragments, sounds, and voice improvisations. The performance unfolds as a loop over approximately 2 hours and takes place in the audience area of the museums. It is divided into 20-minute sections that are repeated several times in a different form. Soundscapes form a conceptual pivot in the debate around spatial atmospheres in the areas of architecture, theatre and public spaces.

Performance Dates

18 September 2023 19:00 - 20:30 Kunsthaus Zurich
20 September 2023 (tbc) 17:00 - 18:30 (tbc) Toni-Areal / ZHdK
28 September 2023 20:00 - 22:00 Landesmuseum Zurich / LATE


The artists will be announced early 2023.


Natalia Blok_Website

Natalya Blok is a Ukrainian dramatist and screenwriter; her plays are staged and successful both in Ukraine and abroad. The texts were repeatedly included in the short lists of international and all-Ukrainian prestigious competitions. Natalia Blok is the founder of the Playwrights Theater (Kyiv), screenwriter of a number of films and TV series and the winner of the competition from Netflix for Ukraine. In spring 2022, fleeing the war, she moved to Basel, where she continues to work.

Oles Ilchenko_Website

Oles Ilchenko was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is a Ukrainian writer, poet, screenwriter and artist and the author of more than 35 books for children and adults. Oles Ilchenko is a member of the PEN Ukraine and the National Union of Writers of Ukraine. Poems and novels by Oles Ilchenko have been published in Great Britain and Serbia. Poems by Oles Ilchenko are translated into English (US and Great Britain), German, Serbian, Lithuanian. Exhibitions of paintings by Oles Ilchenko took place in Basel and Bern.

Vasyl Karpyuk_c_Valentyn Kuzan_Website

Vasyl Karpyuk is a Ukrainian poet, writer and publisher. He is the author of the collection of poetry "Spiced wine on the way to Hoverla mountain", the book of essays "It's still summer, but everything is known in advance" and others. The selection of Vasyl’s poems was included in the "Anthology of Young Ukrainian Poetry of the 3rd Millennium". Another sphere of creative writing — books for children on the Carpathians as "Oleksa Dovbush. The Secret of Power", "Oleksa Dovbush. Aridnyk's lair" and "An unusual Christmas in the Carpathians".

Photo: Valentyn Kuzan

Dzvinka Matiiash_Website

Dzvinka Matiiash was born in Kyiv and is a Ukrainian writer and translator. She is the author of 11 books, 6 for children and youth, 5 for adults. Novel about Motherland (2006) is translated into Polish, Martha from Saint Nicolas Street into Chinese. Her short stories The stories about Roses, Rain and Salt (2012) were included in the BBC short-list-2012 of the best books. The novel for teenagers My name is Barbara (2021) is included into international catalogue of children's and youth literature White Ravens-2022.

Yevhen Polozhii_Website

Yevhen Polozhii is a Ukrainian writer and screenwriter. His most famous novels are Train (2001), Mary and her airport (2003), An uncle named God (2008), The other side of the hill (2010), Yuriy Yuriyovych, a favorite of women (2011), Ilovaisk (2015), 5 seconds, 5 days (2016) and Crossroads (2017). Yevhen Polozhii is the author of screenplays for the films Family Business (2017), Billboard at the Cemetery (2022) and Border, whose production stopped because of the war. He also runs projects dedicated to the culture of Slobozhanshina Ukraine and has curated 5 books in the series "Sumy. A great legacy".

Halyna Petrosanyak_Website

Halyna Petrosanyak, was born in 1969 in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine. She is the author of five volumes of poetry. A collection of poems Exophonien was published in German in 2021. In 2007 she won the Hubert Burda Literature Prize for Eastern European poetry. Since 2016, Halyna Petrosanyak has been living in Switzerland, translating prose into Ukrainian and also writing prose. In 2019, a collection of stories Stör mich nicht beim Weltretten and in 2021 the first novel in Ukraine were published.

Mariana Maksymiak_Website
Eugenia Senik_c_Tatiana Azarova_Website

Eugenia Senik was born in 1986 in Luhansk, Eastern Ukraine. She studied Ukrainian philology and general literature in Luhansk and completed a master's degree. She has been living in Switzerland since August 2021. Eugenia Senik is the author of five prose books (four novels and one short story collection). She devotes her works mainly to social issues and the search for answers to existential questions. In 2022, her third novel, The Match House, was published in German by Zytglogge Verlag.


Photo: Tatiana Azarova



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Manuela Casari, Production and Coordination

Serge Honegger, Concept und Dramaturgy

Claudio Mascolo, Webdesign and Visuals