Marina Davydova / HAU

Museum of Uncounted Voices

With Chulpan Khamatova (27.–29.9+1.10.) / Marina Weis (30.9)


Various languages /  With German translation /  With English translation /  115 mins.

Photo of an exhibition situation. Pictures hang from the ceiling in a grid. The room is wrapped in projections of schematic representations of trees.
Photograph of a performance situation. A person sits on a stool in front of partition walls depicting 1920s architecture. The person looks at the floor.
Photograph of a performance situation. The person hangs up a map. To her left is a Ukrainian costume and traditional items on a shelf. There is an old train station loudspeaker above it. Below is the word “Ukraine”.
Photograph of an exhibition situation. Three people look at a composition of newspapers, a suitcase, a sickle and a menorah placed upside down. The wall and the composition are enlivened by projections.
Photograph of an exhibition situation of several people in a space defined by partition walls. Portrait photographs of different people hang on these and on the trusses. In the middle, an old bronze bell hangs from the ceiling.

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was founded in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre on 30 December 1922. 100 years later, the critic, curator, and theatre maker Marina Davydova has conceptualised the “Museum of Uncounted Voices”. She shows how the borders of the national republics within the USSR came into being, why those borders today have proved to be time bombs, and to what extent the cultures of the countries that once made up the Soviet Union have always differed. Visitors enter a space stylised as a museum that then comes to life before their eyes, transforming itself and offering an expedition through complex contexts. The itinerary itself proceeds from an apparently objective historiography to the contradictory and the existentially biographical. As an open opponent of Russia’s war against Ukraine, Marina Davydova lives in exile in Berlin. After the celebrated premiere at the Wiener Festwochen, the HAU commissioned work is shown for the first time in Berlin.

On the occasion of the Berlin premiere, Davydova, the actress Valery Cheplanova, Dmitry Vilensky from the collective Chto Delat and Chulpan Khamatova will discuss the present of the Soviet past on 29 September, moderated by Vladimir Balzer.


Concept, Text, Direction: Marina Davydova / Set design: Zinovy Margolin / With: Marina Weis / Chulpan Khamatova / Voices: Odin Biron (Episode I EMPIRE), Jamal Ali, Luka Kalandadze, Igor Shugaleev, Gurgen Tsaturyan (Episode II NATIONS), Jamal Ali, Odin Biron, Marina Davydova, Boris Falikov, Luka Kalandadze, Alexey Kokhanov, Elizaveta Petrova, Farrukh Pirov, Igor Shugaleev, Gurgen Tsaturyan, Ekaterina Voronova (Episode IV PEOPLE) / Music: Vladimir Rannev / Video: Oleg Mikhailov / Video technology: Mikhail Ivanov / Light design and sound: Iurii Galkin / Translation: Sergei Ostrovsky, Sonia Ostrovsky (Englisch), Yvonne Griesel (Deutsch) / Assistant to director, Production management, subtitles: Ekaterina Voronova / Choreography: Anna Abalikhina / Collaboration choreography: Sonya Levin, Anna Abalikhina / Research collaboration: Mikhail Kaluzhsky / Set construction: SC ART DECO SRL, Wiener Werkstätten / Props: Daria Artemova / Assistence props: Vera Liulko / Design: Jürgen Fehrmann, Gea Gosse / Costumes: Marcus Barros Cardoso, Vera Liulko, Aleix Llusa Lopez / Production management, subtitles: Ekaterina Voronova / Stage engineering: Bodo Hermann, César Martins / Production management, tour management: Elisabeth Knauf (HAU Hebbel am Ufer)


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    Wed 27.9.2023, 17:00 / HAU2
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    Thu 28.9.2023, 17:00 / HAU2
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    Fri 29.9.2023, 17:00 / HAU2
    Sat 30.9.2023, 17:00 / HAU2
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    Sun 1.10.2023, 17:00 / HAU2
    Sun 1.10.2023, 20:00 / HAU2


Commissioned by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Wiener Festwochen. Co-production: Theater Freiburg. Part of the “VOICES” festival. Premiere May 2023, Wiener Festwochen.

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