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book release event in Lviv for


A Bilingual Anthology of Ukrainian Literautre
Translated by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps
as Performed by Yara Arts Group

Pototsky Palace
Lviv, Ukraine
June 20, 2008

with appearances by poets:
Oleh Lysheha, Taras Luchuk, Victor Neborak,
Ludmyla Taran and Yuri Vynnychuk
as well as Virlana Tkacz, Wanda Phipps,
editor Olha Luchuk and publisher Ira Lonkevych

Yara’s book was launched at several major events in Ukraine this June. Wanda Phipps and Virlana Tkacz came to Ukraine for the occasion. In Lviv they visited Sribne Slovo, which is housed at the Lviv Politechnical University Press. There they first met their publisher, Ira Lonkevich in person. Editor Olha Luchuk and poets Victor Neborak and Taras Luchuk joined them to plan the book launch.

The volume was first presented at the gorgeous Mirror Hall of the Pototsky Palace in Lviv. The audience packed the launch which was part of a conference organized by the International Institute of Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations at the Lviv Polytech. Olha Luchuk opened the event by describing the book and the process of its publication. Virlana told the story of Yara and showed projections from the shows, while the poets and translators read the poems that inspired the theatre pieces.

Wanda and Virlana read bilingual versions of Pavlo Tychyna’s “Rhythm,” as well as a scene from Lesia Ukrainka’s play “Forest Song.” Then Wanda read Ludmyla Taran's “India Ink” with Ludmyla, and Oleh Lysheha's “Song 212” with Virlana. Poets Yuri Vynnychuk and Taras Luchuk read a poem each in Ukrainian, while Wanda read the translations. She also read a fun bilingual version of "The Flying Head" with poet Victor Neborak. Afterward Oleh Lysheha read his long poem "Swan," which was the basis of Yara's production at La MaMa and Harvard in 2003.

Lysheha then presented both Virlana and Wanda with sculptures he had made for them. After interviews on TV and a reception, the participants celebrated at a Lviv cafe.

(left) Publisher Ira Lonkevych in red. (right) The Pototsky Palace in Lviv.

Virlana with Oleh Lysheha as he tells her about his sculture, and speaking on Yara. Wanda reading with Victor Neborak, with Olha Luchuk and Virlana, and with Virlana and Taras Luchuk.

See more on presentations of In A Different Light in Kyiv and in New York at Shevchenko Society and the Ukrainian Museum
and In A Different Light Festival at the Ukrainian Institute in New York More on the book In A Different Light

In photos: (at top of page) cover designed by Rostyslav Luzhetsky featuring Sean Eden and Rebecca Moore in "A Light From the East" photo by Watoku Ueno
and sculpture poet Oleh Lysheha made for Virlana Tkacz.
Other photos by Virlana Tkacz, Wanda Phipps and Slavko.

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