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Ksenia Marasanova plays quartet of theatre performances in Leiden 


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East-Ukrainian-born actress Ksenia Marasanova has been touring the Netherlands for years with solo theatre performances. In mid-March, she will visit Leiden. At Empire Theatre, she will play three solo performances and one performance in a company. Ksenia makes high-profile theatre that really touches you. 

The quartet opens on 14 March with the anti-war performance They Saw War. Six people have in common that they have to make a decision under difficult circumstances. And they have to live with the consequences. They Saw War is dedicated to Ksenia's two grandmothers who survived the Second World War in Eastern Europe. Her Jewish grandmother could not hear German until her death. Her Russian grandmother survived the siege of Leningrad and has the greatest compassion for the Germans. Proceeds benefit Ukrainian orphans.  

On 15 March, Ksenia plays her adaptation of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's world-famous novella "Oscar and Grandma Rose Red". Ten-year-old Oscar is seriously ill and stays in a hospital. With his friends, he has all kinds of adventures there. There, he also meets Granny Rose Red. She advises Oscar to write a letter to God. Oscar and Granny Rose is a wonderful fable about life, love and loving. 

On Saturday 16 March, the Meisner Drama Academy plays A Doll's House. Ksenia takes on the role of Nora, the lady of the house in the Helmer family. Her husband survived a fatal illness thanks to an extremely expensive treatment at a spa. It is Nora who takes care of that fortune. But that is not accepted. A Doll's House is the classic play written by Henrik Ibsen and played a major role in the rise of the women's movement. The Meisner Drama Academy plays a classic performance. 

On Sunday 17 March, in the musical theatre performance Arum dem Fayer, ksenia opens the door she kept closed for a long time at 15:00. She was born in Kharkiv eastern Ukraine, at the time part of the USSR. She fled that dictatorship when she was 17. Through wanderings, she ended up in the Netherlands to become a world Muay Thai champion. In Arum dem Fayer, she tells her story. And she sings the songs of home, in Ukrainian, Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew, among others. Arum dem Fayer is a performance about being able and allowed to be yourself. It is her most personal performance ever. 

Tickets are Euro 19.50 per performance, for Euro 35 you have a passe-partout for this Leiden Quartet. More information and tickets via 

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