KYRGYZ EPIC THEATRE
IN NEW YORK
Photographs by Margaret Morton
edited by Virlana Tkacz
University of Central Asia, Kyrgyz Republic
44 pages $20
Janyl Myrza and Testament Yara Arts Group and Sakhna Theatre
La MaMa Experimental Theatre, March - April, 2007
catalog to exhibit at: Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, June 5-21, 2008
by Randy Genner
The intrepid Yara Arts Group, a resident company of La MaMa ETC that was recently named "Honored Artist of Ukraine," collaborated with the University of Central Asia in order to lovingly put together a slender porfolio of stringently composed photographs documenting two productions in New York based on Kyrgyz epics: Janyl Myrza, created by Yara artists, and Sakhna Theatre of Bishkek's production of Testament. Conceived and written by Virlana Tkacz with Kyrgyz translations on the facing pages, Kyrgyz Epic Theatre in New York, doubles as a catalog for a same-titled exhibit that appeared in June 2008 at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Bishkek, the capital of the former Soviet country, located south of Kazakhstan.
44 pages with 24 pages of color pictures $20 plus $5 shipping
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The dream of presenting Kyrgyz Epic Theatre in New York was made possible by Ellen Stewart, the founder of La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York. The exhibition and the publicaiton of the book were made possible in part by the University of Central Asia.
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Cover: Details of set designed by Watoku Ueno and photographed by Margaret Morotn.
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