David Burliuk is slapped by a Scythian Ice Princess.
The obvious result: Futurism in Siberia, Japan and New York.
created by Yara Arts Group
with Bob Holman, Susan Hwang and Julian Kytasty
director: Virlana Tkacz
set, lights, projection and graphic design: Darien Fiorino
costume design: Keiko Obremski
stage manager: Olena Jennings
June 17-21, 2019, New York at La MaMa Great Jones, New York
June 22, 2019 The Ukrainian Museum in New York
June 23, 2019 Bowery Poetry Club, New York
David Burliuk was a painter, poet and the energetic organizer of Futurism. He was born in 1882 near the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, studied in Odesa, Kazan, Munich and Paris. Burliuk’s early paintings show Fauvist and Cubist influences, as well as a fascination with Scythian culture. He took part in many excavations of the Scythian burial mounds that dot the Kherson area where he spent his formative years. He founded the artistic group Hylaea — the Greek name for a part of the ancient Scythian lands. He also admired Ukrainian steppe culture. Among his favorite characters was Mamai, who embodied Burliuk’s own vision of self-sufficiency, and rugged individualism. Before World War I Burliuk was an active participant in all the important avant-garde exhibitions in Kyiv, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Munich. His notoriety reached its peak as together with Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Vasily Kamensky, Burliuk toured 17 cities. The Futurists in their colorful vests, with radishes on their lapels and animals painted on their faces, drew packed houses, scandalizing many, but also winning converts to the new art. During the revolutionary years 1917-1920, he traveled to Siberia, where he gave Futurist concerts and sold his art. From 1920 to 1922 he spent time in Japan painting, organizing exhibitions, and promoting Futurism. In 1922, Burliuk arrived in the United States, settling first in New York City and then in Long Island, where he died in 1967.
YARA ARTS GROUP was established in 1990 and is a resident company at La MaMa, the acclaimed experimental theater in New York. Yara has created thirty-five theatre pieces based on extensive research in Eastern Europe, Siberia and Asia, in Yara’s signature style of multilingual dialogue and songs supported by evocative visuals and documentation.
"SLAP!" was made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as the Self-Reliance Foundation and the numerous friends of Yara Arts Group.
"SLAP!" is an original theatre piece created by Yara Arts Group,
a resident company at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York.