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book release event for


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

The Shevchenko Scientific Society (NTSh)
63 Fourth Avenue, New York
Saturday, October 4, 2008

with appearances by:
Virlana Tkacz, Wanda Phipps
and friends

Yara Arts Group celebrated the publication of In a Different Light, with a presentation at the Shevchenko Scientific Society in New York on Saturday, October 4, 2008.

The book is an anthology of Ukrainian poetry that Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps translated to create the texts for Yara's theatre pieces. It features the works of 37 authors, both in the original and in English translations. Also included are Lesia Ukrainka's play Forest Song and epics, ritual songs, and incantations. Yara theatre pieces that generated the translations are described in a separate section that includes 32 color photographs from Yara's productions. The book, edited by Olha Luchuk, with an introduction by Natalia Pylypiuk, was published by Sribne Slovo Press in Lviv.

The book launch event included a presentation of projected photographs from the productions which Virlana Tkacz discussed, while Wanda Phipps, Olga Shuhan and Alexandra Myrna read bi-lingual versions of poems from the shows. Julian Kytasty played the music he composed to a Tkacz & Phipps translation of Attila Mohylny's "Flying South Through the Night." He also sang an epic song (duma) in Ukrainian, as Virlana read her translation. The presentation ended with a rousing bilingual version of Oksana Zabuzhko's "Symptoms of Poetry" read by Virlana, Wanda and Olga. Book signing and reception followed.

You can read some of the translations:

Pavlo Tychyna's "Rhythm"
Ludmyla Taran's "India Ink"
Oleh Lysheha's "Song 212"
Attila Mohylny "Flying South Through the Night"
Oksana Zabuzhko's "Symptoms of Poetry"

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

photo credits:
cover designed by Rostyslav Luzhetsky
featuring Sean Eden and Rebecca Moore in A Light From the East
photo by Watoku Ueno
photos from the NTSh event by Volodymyr Tkachenko
above right: Julian Kytasty performs
above: Virlana Tkacz,
right: representative from the Ukrainian Mission to the UN
greets Wanda Phipps and Virlana Tkacz

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