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Bod Holman reads his "Cutouts"(Matisse)

Petra Gelbart sings
traditional Rom (Gupsy) songs

photo by Waldemart Klyuzko

Tjasa Ferme &
"The Female Role Model Project"

Julian Kytasty & Katja Kolcio

Margaret Morton and her phtographs
photo by Waldemart Klyuzko

Marina Celander
photo by Margaret Morton


Yara's Winter Festival

“Fire” & “Frost” by Olena Jennings
“Is the Master Home” film by Andrea Odezynska
“Winter Poems” by Maria Rewakowicz
“The River Flows” film by Andrea Odezynska
Katja Kolcio & Julian Kytasty on bandura
“Cutouts” (Matisse) by Bob Holman,
Chajori romani/Androda taboris (Romani Girl/In that Camp)
& Pash e yagori (By the Fire) sung by Petra Gelbart,
Katja Kolcio & Julian Kytasty on bandura
 “There's nothing there yet” by Serhiy Zhadan, 
translated by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps 
read by Wanda Phipps with Lindsey Wilson on guitar 
"Traveler" written and performed by Lindsey Wilson
A Response to Serhiy Zhadan's “There's nothing there yet"
written and read by Wanda Phipps with Lindsey Wilson on guitar 
"End of the Tunnel" written and performed by Lindsey Wilson
Katja Kolcio & Julian Kytasty on bandura
“The Female Role Model Project”
created by Tjasa Ferme & performed by Tjasa Ferme Meggan Dodd
“Monologue with Lynsey Addario” animation by Sashko Danylenko
“What Remains” Donetsk, 2005 photographs by Margaret Morton
“What Exists” Donetsk, 2017 photographs by Evgeniy Maloletka
Julian Kytasty on bandura
About Yara’s New Project
with Marina Celander and Julian Kytasty

Director: Virlana Tkacz
Projections: Waldemart Klyuzko
Stage Manager: Nadia Tatchyn

Dec 8 & 9, 2017
Ukrainian Museum, New York


On December 8, 2017 I attended Yara Arts Group’s winter festival event “Fire & Frost” at the Ukrainian Museum in the East Village. It was a celebration not only of the written word, but of dance and song as well, utilizing light and video to effectively create mood. About Ukraine, it was more broadly about travel. Art has always had the ability to transport the viewer to another place, and that is exactly what happened.

The event began with poets. Olena Jennings read her poems “Fire” and “Frost,” Maria Rewakowicz read her “Winter Poems” and Bob Holman performed his poems from his collection of Matisse-inspired ekphrasis poems called “Cutouts.” “There’s nothing there yet” by Serhiy Zhadan, translated by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps and a response to “There’s nothing there yet” was written and read by Wanda Phipps and accompanied by Lindsey Wilson on guitar.

Olena Jennings’ poems were recited by candlelight in the darkened performance space; the somber and serious mood matched the content of the poems. On the other hand Bob Holman’s work, although serious, was peppered with humorous lines emphasized by his reading. Also featured were films by Andrea Odezynska, photography of the city of Donetsk by Margaret Morton before the war and Evgeniy Maloletka more recently. Other performances featured dancer Katja Kolcio, accompanied by Julian Kytasty on “bandura,” music written and performed by Lindsey Wilson and excerpts from “The Female Role Model Project,” facilitated by Tjasa Ferme and Meggan Dodd. Marina Celander and Julian introduced a new work by Yara Arts Group.

One thing that always attracted me to performance is the use of language or movement as a way of getting a point across. I think that what’s really appealing about a poetry reading is the content itself, of course, but also hearing the poems being read our loud by the author. The author knows the intonation and rhythm of the poem far better than anyone else, and there’s a difference between how you think it sounds and how the author knows it sounds.
by Maya Lee



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