OTOSOTR (On the Other Side of the River)

A war story through the eyes of millennials

Saturday, October 27th, 2018, 4:00pm

410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

A show from the steppes of Kazakhstan is coming to the largest theater festival of solo performances, United Solo, in New York City. The show made by ethnic Koreans who's first language is Russian.

This monodrama is written and performed by Anatoliy Ogay and directed by Tatyana Kim, artists from Kazakhstan whose works have been performed from Eurasia to North America. The premiere of OTOSOTR took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan with three successful sold-out shows in May 2018. Later in August the solo show was presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Underbelly’s most successful year at the fringe. OTOSOTR won an Asian Arts Award in the category “Innovative Theatre” at the festival and was highly reviewed by the main media outlets of the UK.

The story is an exploration of the phenomenon of war and peace by the new generation and a search for identity by the author through the story of his grandfather, one of the two hundred thousand Koreans who was deported from the Russian-Korean border in 1937 all the way to Soviet Kazakhstan.

The story of the oppressed Koreans, known as “Soviet Koreans” or Koryo-saram, is an unknown historical fact of a lost nation. OTOSOTR is a unique opportunity to learn about the part for the world that has never been seen or heard before.

Anatoliy Ogay traces his grandfather's journey into the depth of WWII incorporating innovative technologies, tenacious textures of contemporary piano music and main artistic intensity of a solo performance — shifting transformations into captivating characters.

Anatoliy Ogay and Tatyana Kim are artistic and life partners who have been in the entertainment industry for over 10 years working in film, theatre, and music.

Miro Yoon