Travel to a country at war II

Wednesday 29-03-2023, Odessa.

From there it passes the Duke de Richelieu monument, now fully packed, past the Potemkin steps and the bust of Pushkin only a few minutes on foot to the artist's entrance of the Theatre. ...

Nearby, I spoke to a young soldier. He guards Primorski Boulevard on a cliff on the Black Sea overlooking the quay. Due to shelling, this beloved promenade is inaccessible to the public and closed with tank barriers and crowd barriers. Photos are not allowed to be taken there. I told him that I lived in the Voronski apartments next door for several periods. From there it passes the Duke de Richelieu monument, now fully packed, past the Potemkin steps and the bust of Pushkin only a few minutes on foot to the artist's entrance of the Theatre.

No air raid alarm and no failure of electricity and water. A touching reunion with the dancers of the Odessa Theatre. The first rehearsal is already over. As with the creation process, unfortunately, again with far too little time available. As for time: Martial law: between midnight and five o'clock in the morning it is forbidden to be outside on the street. Many shops are closed but supermarkets are open until 22:00.

And then this afternoon a phone call from the Netherlands: Carmina Burana is sold out in Leeuwarden, Amersfoort, Alphen aan den Rijn and Gouda. Now only tickets available in Maastricht, Sittard and Rotterdam for those who want to come and experience it. But at the moment, here in Odessa, the occupation changes and choreography have to be solved. To be continued.