For the 10th anniversary of the death of ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko in Holland Dégradé Duo theatre presents the play “Polonium 210″ – psychedelic performance by the main character of the story, which each viewer must make their own idea about Russia and its “radioactivity”.

According to radio “Svodoba”, this show without a plot, without characters, but all the pieces there is something to mention. The authors rely on the associative memory of the audience, presenting on stage, flashing lights, bits of safety instructions in case of a nuclear strike, fragments of scientific experiments, police caps, gymnasts, dancers, boxers, balloons, Gorbachev and Putin, Litvinenko dying.

“Preparing the play, we are guided by intuition. First, collect a lot of materials, and then trying everything on the stage. We didn’t want to tell the story, to explain what happened. Rather, we want to convey the feelings, the atmosphere around a particular history,” said the actor and sound engineer Dégradé Carl Beukman.

His partner, actor and Director David Heiss, recalls that the first time he was facing the image of Litvinenko as victims when he read the book about Berezovsky. “When we talked about their plans several Dutch correspondents working in Russia, they made round eyes: “What are you going to talk about Litvinenko? It’s not interesting! The only thing that it interesting is the fact that he was poisoned with radioactive polonium!” In other words, there is a perception that the murder and suicide of the iconographic portrait of Litvinenko made him a much bigger figure than he was in life,” says Heiss.

“For us, Litvinenko is a symbol. We all ask: “Your play about Litvinenko?” No, our performance is not only about him,” says Heiss.

According to Beukman, they did not aim to represent Russia in a certain light: “We recently returned from Russia and brought including a lot of positive impressions, in spite of the fact that we, of course, known as the actively running propaganda. The Dutch audience perceives the play as negative, but we think it’s the influence of the subconscious of the viewer who looks through the filter of their own ideas about Russia. We have nothing bad to say, we give to feel the atmosphere, but the viewer himself fills it with meanings, connotations. We don’t give ratings, good or bad.”

In the play sounds of the Church singing, which goes to the composition of Pussy Riot, then there is the voice of Putin, followed by an explanation of the effects of polonium on the human body, then the sound goes nearly the brink of a possible perception and… Litvinenko dies.

The Amsterdam performance of “Polonium 210″ had already shown in the original theater area Oostblok, in Antwerp – on the 19th floor of an office building CCTower.

The authors of the performance admit that they chose the name for his performance because it seemed a nice metaphor – as a poison which drop by drop let in the blood of the whole society. And then they realized that it was exactly 10 years since the death of Litvinenko. And it was a curious coincidence.

“In our papers, not a day goes by that is not written about Putin. Russia is important, we are afraid of Russia. But in Russia, in my opinion, people are not very busy thinking about Europe,” said David Heiss.

The Death Of Alexander Litvinenko

Former FSB Lieutenant Colonel Aleksandr Litvinenko sought political asylum in the UK after his statement about the preparation of the murder oligarch Boris Berezovsky. In relation to Litvinenko, Russia had opened a criminal case under article “revealing state secrets” and “treason.”

Alexander Litvinenko together with historian Yury Felshtinsky wrote and published in 2002 the book “FSB blows up Russia,” which argued that the terrorist attacks in 1999 was organized with the aim of coming to power of Vladimir Putin (the book is included in the list of extremist materials). In addition, he was an active critic of the Russian President, claiming that he was engaged in various criminal activities.

On 1 November 2006 Alexander Litvinenko met with Andrei Lugovoi, a former security guard Boris Berezovsky and the Deputy of the state Duma and businessman Dmitry Kovtun. During the meeting, he was allegedly poisoned with polonium-210 (the presence of the substance in his body confirmed by scientists from the British health protection Agency).

Alexander Litvinenko died in London on 23 November 2006 at 21:21
(00:21 on November 24 Moscow time).

In January 2016 a UK court came to the conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be implicated in the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.



For the 10th anniversary of the death of ex-FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, in Holland presented the play “Polonium 210″ 24.11.2016

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