Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Yara Arts Group brings WINTER LIGHTS to La MaMa


Three Performances Only!

world music theatre piece based on
winter songs from the Carpathian Mountains
an 18th century nativity show
and the crisis in Ukraine today

La MaMa presents

Winter Light: 

Songs, Music and 

Rituals from the Carpathians


created by Yara Arts Group directed by Virlana Tkacz
music directed by Julian Kytasty
set & lights:Watoku Ueno
projections: Volodymyr Klyuzko
with the Koliadnyky of Kryvorivnia
featuring: Paul Brantley, Marina Celander, Sean Eden,
Alina and Teryn Kuzma


The evening, created and directed by Yara's Artistic Director Virlana Tkacz, celebrates Koliada, a winter ritual that now coincides with Christmas but is much older in origin and symbolism. Its oldest songs are preserved in villages high in the Carpathian Mountains, where the Koliada is considered to be the most important event of the year. Some people believe that spring and the harvest will not come to the village unless the songs are sung in every household. The songs are incantations that assume the magical power of words: "what is said, will be so." These songs are featured in the first part of Yara's show. For the second part of the event, Tkacz has adapted and translated a Baroque folk Christmas opera from Ukraine. A highlight is the original 18th century music, as arranged by Julian Kytasty. Woven into the piece are scenes from the crisis in Ukraine today written by Serhiy Zhadan, Ukraine’s most important young writer.

December 27, 2014 - December 28, 2014

Saturday at 3pm & 8pm; Sunday at 2pm


The Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and Second Avenue)
New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $25 Adults; $20 Students/Seniors; 10 @ $10 Tickets available for each performance 10 @ $10 tickets are sold out

For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE