Theatre

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2021

A Thousand Suns


the first human enters a primeval forest
and nature reacts

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2019
 
GAZ

Workers prepare a futuristic gas, the only source of energy for the entire industrial world. They refuse to see a looming problem. Will there be anything left to reconstruct?

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2017
1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs

1917 there‘s great hope in Kyiv as the Russian Empire falls apart. But constant invasions lead to 12 changes in government in 3 years and society crumbles. 2017 there’s great hope…

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2014
Capt. John Smith Goes to Ukraine

.In 1607 Captain John Smith founded Jamestown, the first English settlement in America, but in 1603 he was in Eastern Europe.

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2013
 
Fire Water Night

When Trees Move and Women Burn.
World Music Theatre Performance

on the Move

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2011
 
Raven

Exploring unknowable boundaries

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2009
 
Er Toshtuk

A world music theatre piece based on Kyrgyz epic about a magical and darkly humorous journey into the Underworld and out into the Cosmos.

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2007
 
Janyl

The story of a woman warrior from the Celestial Mountains based on a Kyrgyz epic

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2004
 
The Warrior's Sister

World music theatre piece based on an ancient Buryat epic song. Sister of a legendary warrior puts on his armour when he is killed.

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2002
 
Howling

World music theatre piece based on Siberian wolf legends.

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1999-2000
 
Circle

Siberian legends, shaman chants and post-Soviet reality intermingle in a wedding in Buryatia when Gogol Bordello arrives to make sure everything goes wrong

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1994-1995
 
Waterfall/Reflections

Dreams and memories of water and the women who created art throughout the ages

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Explosions

documentary material from the Chornobyl nuclear accident, German expressionist drama and Ukrainian poetry

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2021
 
Scythian Slap!

David Burliuk is slapped by a Scythian Ice Princess. The obvious result:
Futurism in Siberia, Japan, 
and New York.

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2019
Winter Songs
on Mars

Songs, Music and Rituals from the Carpathians,

a Baroque Folk Nativity Play

and a dream about Aelita Queen of Mars

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2016
Dark Night,
Bright Stars

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.

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2014
 
Winter Light

World music theatre piece based on winter songs from the Carpathian Mountains an 18th century nativity show and the crisis in Ukraine today.

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2012
 
Midwinter Night

Sacred and Profane Rituals. World Music Theatre with Winter Song Singers from the Carpathians. Baroque Folk Opera and raucous Goat Songs

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2010
 
Winter Sun

Theatrical Celebration of Winter Songs from the Carpathian Mountains, an 18th century nativity show, puppets, music, ritual food and videos

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2008
 
Still the River Flows

Celebration of Winter Rituals from the Carpathian Mountains

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2006
 
Sundown

Theatrical reflection on the life and work of the father of Japanese photography.

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2003
 
Swan

Musical theatre piece based on poetry by Oleh Lysheha. Discovering the mythical in the everyday.

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2001
 
Obo: Our Shamanism

world music theatre piece based on shaman initiation rituals  the artists witnessed in Siberia

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1998-1999
Flight of the
White Bird

An American in Siberia today finds herself in the footsteps of a Buryat Mongolian princess. Their worlds entwine, as a Shaman, at the height of his trance, leaves his body and takes flight.

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1994
 
Yara's Forest Song

Exploring the shifting boundaries between wilderness and civilization, based on a classic of Ukrainian literature, "Forest Song. " 

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1990-1991
 
Light from the East

the diaries of Les Kurbas, an experimental theatre director in Kiev in the 1920s, modern poetry and the dreams of the Yara artists

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2021
Virtual
Forest Song


based on Lesia Ukrainka's 

"Forest Song"

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2018
Following the
Milky Way 

The epic journey in search of a home of the last speakers of Old Swedish who today live in a village in Southern Ukraine.

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2015
 
Hitting Bedrock

Dreams of Donetsk,

Poetry of Serhiy Zhadan

and the War in Ukraine

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2014
 
Underground Dreams

Donbas Dreams

Past, Present

& Future

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2012
 
Dream Bridge

Inspired by the poetry of Oleh Lysheha

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2010
 
Scythian Stones

Two young women travel from the countryside into the city, descending into the Great Below -- the modern global desert where traditional songs, skills and languages disappear.

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2008
 
After the Rain

Based on Japanese stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, including "Rashomon"

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2005
Koliada: Twelve Dishes

Forces of nature, animal spirits and the dead come to dinner

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2002
 
Kupala

Songs from the midsummer night festival

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2000
 
Song Tree

Spirits of Malanka and the Goat Dance descend on a woman who has buried herself in work and science.

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1996-1997
 
Virtual Souls

On the Internet someone opens a window into the past... Nature reveals its mythical secrets--swans transform into beautiful women. But can you copyright a dream? 

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1993
 
Blind Sight

based on the life of blind poet Vasyl Yeroshenko, who traveled the world, settling in Japan 1914-21 and writing in Japanese.