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Saturday November 1, 2014 at 6PM

featuring introduction by Broadway star André De Shields
lecture by Bernth Lindfors, author of 4 volumes on Ira Aldridge
readings by Yara Arts Group

The Ukrainian Museum 222 East 6th St NYC

In 1858 the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko was set free after 10 years imprisonment. He met the great African American actor Ira Aldridge and drew his portrait.

COMING TO LA MAMA Feb 20 - March 8, 2015

Yara's "Dark Night Bright Stars"

Odesa, Lviv, & Kyiv April-May, 2014 press release in English -- in Ukrainian
reviews and photos

Photos from Dark Night Bright Stars in Odesa | Lviv | Kyiv
photos from Shevchenko Museum in Kyiv | more photos from Kyiv show

Dark Night Bright Stars

Virlana's blog "War Makes a Play" on the making of Underground Dreams on the New York Innovative Theatre Awards site

Yara's Underground Dreams at GogolFest Sept 14, 2014
Press release | Yara's photos| Izolyatsia's photos | press & photos

Yara's 'Underground Dreams'

presented by Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiative
Les Kurbas Theatre Center in Kyiv & Yara Arts Group

Izolyatsia seized June 9, 2014

Yara's workshopUnderground Dreams Oct 2013 in Donetsk photos | press
"Yara Crosses Borders: ... to Donetsk"


Capt. John Smith Goes to Ukraine at La MaMa to March, 2014
"Yara Crosses Borders: Capt. John Smith..." | press release
photos & reviews | more photos | video: "Mirabile Dicta"

Fire Water Night

nominated for two NY Innovative Theatre Awards
as best musical and best original music

Fire Water Night - the forest sings

Yara's Fire Water Night reviews and photos
partciptants | press release | photos | more photos |even more photos
June 7-16, 2013 -- La MaMa Experimental Theatre, New York

Yara's Midwinter Night | photos from Toronto show
created by Yara Arts Group with Koliadnyky and Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Harbourfront Center, Toronto

finale of Midwinter Night in Toronto

Capt. John Smith

KOLIADA Winter Rituals in the Carpathians - information on all 2013 Koliada events
About the Koliadnyky of Kryvorivnia
"In Search of the Hutsul Koliada of Kryvorivnia" by Virlana Tkacz
"Hutsul Koliada to a Young Man" English translation

Andrea Odezynska's "Felt, Feelings and Dreams" trailer produced by Yara Arts Group
next at Museum of Moving Image in Astoria Sunday, August 4th at 2:00 PM
Rubin Museum | KinofestNYC | Princeton Film Festival

Watoku Ueno's Shadow Puppet Shows

photos - Our Work with Hutsul Traditional Music - Sept 2012 at Dzyga


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