world music theatre piece based on a Kyrgyz epic
about a woman warrior from the Celestial Mountains
created by the artists of Yara Arts Group and the Sakhna Theatre of Bishkek
based on the Kyrgyz epic "Janyl Myrza" as told by Ibraim Abdyrakhmanov
directed by Virlana Tkacz, designed by Watoku Ueno
movement by Shigeko Sara Suga, photography by Margaret Morton,
video by Andrea Odezynska, translation by Roza Mukasheva,
Virlana Tkacz & Wanda Phipps, tech & projeciton: Damir Nasybullin
produciton manager & press: Altyn Kapalova,
asst director: Rakhat Eshimbekova, stage manager: Begaim Turumbekova
with: Kenzhegul Satybaldieva, Susan Hyon, Baktykul Dzhanibekov,
Munarbek Alibaev, Ilgis Zhunusov, Myrambek Borbogoev, Asel Maamytova,
Alymkan Abdykadyrova, Tilek Kasymaliev, Azamat Serkebaev, Nurbek Serkebaev,
and featuring the dastanchi Omurzak Kaypov
August 9-12, 2007 B’Art Center in Bishkek
August 17-18 at the Dramatic Theatre in Naryn
and August 20-21 at the Culture Club in the village of Kara Su
for the Koshoi Korgon Festival
PRESS EXCERPTS and ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
“‘JANYL’ IS PERFORMED IN ENGLISH”
Aleksandr Shepelenko, www.sk.kg
"The title role is performed by two women simultaneous – Kenzhegul Satybaldieva and Susan Hyon, one speaks Kyrgyz, the other English. This unusual directorial choice allows very different audience members to understand the ancient epic. It brings together two absolutely different cultures: Kyrgyz and American, the East and the West."
“The time flew by. The American actress shot from a bow and spoke English, our actors answered in Kyrgyz. They understood each other through gestures, moment, music and glances. The majority of actors were from the Sakhna Theatre (nine of them), Susan Hyon was from La MaMa, and she started the show. Mesmerized, she sat in the spotlight her, hands working away in an unusually expressive way.
In the dark to the side sat an epic story teller and musicians in traditional robes. Throughout the theatre piece they sang, and played on ancient instruments. But you can’t say that the 18th century, during which Janyl Myrza gained fame, was recreated here. This theatre piece is experimental…
The role of Janyl Myrza, was played not only by Susan. The role of sharp shooter was also uniquely portrayed by our actress Kenzhegul Satybaldieva. Together they repeat the same phrases, each in their own languages, together they drew the bow. Although in reality there were no real objects on stage, they only appeared to be there. The traditional costumes were authentic, but Susan wore a pretty orange dress fashionable today. Naryn audience will be able to see this very successful experiment August 17 and 18, while the villagers of Kara Suu can see it August 20 -21 when it will be a part of the Koshoi Korgon Festival."
Yara Arts Group
306 East 11th St., #3B
New York, NY 10003 USA
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