YARA SERIES OF VIRTUAL EVENTS

UKRAINIAN CULTURE IN AMERICA

Yara Arts Group and the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown a series of events on Ukrainian Culture in America.

Pawlo Humeniuk, folk fiddler 1920s,    program | video link

Vasile Avramenko, folks dancer 1930s  program | video link

Zinoviy Shtokalko, bandurist 1950s      program | video link

Oleh Lysheha, poet 1990s                 program | video link

Pawlo Humeniuk who was born in 1883 in the town of Pidvolochysk and emigrated in 1908. Humeniuk worked in New York as a violin maker and played fiddle at weddings and similar occasions for the Ukrainian diaspora. In 1925, he signed with OKey Records and started recording folk-dance tunes. His “Ukrainske Wesilia” (Ukrainian Wedding) is said to have sold over 100,000 copies. “Folk Fiddler: Pawlo Humeniuk,” includes samples of Humeniuk’s recordings, a discussion of his work with folklorist Iryna Voloshyna and an appearance by the US Orchestra from Kyiv, inspired by the Humeniuk. Watch video

Vasile Avramenko was an immigrant from Stebliv who brought Ukrainian dance to New York in 1929. Virlana Tkacz tells his story, while archivist Mike Andrec shares recording of music used in his dance classes and film historian Yuri Shevchuk discusses Avramenko’s hand in the making of the first Ukrainian talking pictures. “Yara’s Traditional Arts: Folk Dancer Vasile AvramenkoWatch video

Bandurist: Zinoviy Shtokalko,” was an immigrant from Berezhany, and a virtuoso bandura player who brought the Ukrainian epic song tradition to New York in the 1950s and developed it in the 1960s. Yara’s Virlana Tkacz tells his story, while Julian Kytasty, a master bandura player, shares recordings and plays work influenced by Shtokalko. Watch video

Poet Oleh Lysheha was born in Tysmenytsia near the Carpathian Mountains in 1949. He was expelled from Lviv University during a purge in the 1970s for his interest in American poetry and sent to do military duty in the Buryat Republic of Siberia. When he returned to Ukraine, Lysheha was banned from official Soviet literary activities. His first collection of poetry, “The Great Bridge” (1989), was like nothing else printed then. Yara started translating his work in 1990. “Poetry as Theatre: Oleh Lysheha’s 'Swan,'” includes a recording of the poet reading the poem in Ukrainian, video clips from Yara’s theatre shows, “Virtual Souls” (1997) and “Flight of the White Bird” (1999), which used sections of the poem and a discussion with the artists who participated in Yara’s “Swan” (2003). Watch video More on Yara's "Swan"

These Virtual Events are made possible by the Ukrainian Community Foundation and Selfreliance Ukrainian FCU, as well as public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.

YARA' 30: YARA THEATRE PROJECTS:

Oleh Lysheha's Swan (2003) watch 2020 virtual event | more on 2003 show 

Oleh Lysheha's Raven (2011) watch 2020 virtual event | more on 2011 show

Er Toshtuk, based on Kyrgyz epic watch 2020 virtual event | more on 2009 show

In addition to Yara's "Swan," (2003) based on a poem by Oleh Lysheha, Yara also created "Raven" (2011) also based on a Lyseha poem. Director Virlana Tkacz talks with participants and shows photos and video clips from performances at La MaMa, in Kyiv and Lviv. Bi-Lingual (Ukrainian & English) virtual event.

Yara created several theatre pieces based on Kyrgyz epics including: “Er Toshtuk” (2009). Director Virlana Tkacz talks with participants and shows video clips. Bi-lingual (Kyrgyz & English) virtual event.

Yara's Theatre Virtual Events are made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and friends of Yara Arts Group.

Ukrainian

American 

Cultural Figures

Series 

summer, 2020

Pawlo Humeniuk, folk fiddler 1920s

Vasile Avramenko, folks dancer 1930s

Zinoviy Shtokalko, bandurist 1950s

Oleh Lysheha, poet 1990s

links to video on names above

more: press release, programs etc

Shtokalko:

Singer

of Tales

September, 2020

sang his own versions of ancient tales about Kyiv. Yara’s Virlana Tkacz tells the story, while Julian Kytasty,  a master bandura player, shares Shtokalko’s recordings. Special guest: Marko R. Stech from Toronto.

program & press release

Folk dancer:

Vasile Avramenko

August, 2020

This immigrant from Stebliv brought 

Ukrainian dance to New York in 1929.
Yara’s Virlana Tkacz tells his story, and talks to archivist Mike Andrec about recordings used in his dance classes and Yuri Shevchuk about Avramenko's hand in the first Ukrainian talking pictures. program & press release

Shtokalko:

Ukrainian

Epic Songs

October, 2020

ZInoviy Shtokalko, a virtuoso bandura player, brought the Ukrainian epic song tradition to New York in the 1950s & 60s Yara’s Virlana Tkacz tells the story, while Julian Kytasty, a master bandura player, shares Shtokalko's recordings. 

Special guests: Andrij Hornjatkevyc from Edmonton and Dmytro Hubyak from Ukraine.  program & press release

Epic Poetry as Theatre:

"Er

Toshtuk" 

August, 2020

Yara Arts Group has created several theatre pieces based on Kyrgyz epics including: “Er Toshtuk” (2009). Director Virlana Tkacz talks with participants and shows video clips. Bi-lingual (Kyrgyz & English) virtual event.

Bandurist: Zinoviy Shtokalko

July, 2020

This immigrant from Berezhany brought the Ukrainian epic song tradition to New York in the 1950s and developed it in the1960’s. Yara’s Virlana Tkacz tells his story, while Julian Kytasty,a master bandurist, shares Shtokalko's recordings and plays work influenced by him.

program & press release

Shtokalko:

Instrumental

Music

September, 2020

ZInoviy Shtokalko, was a virtuoso bandura player in New York
in the 1950s & 60’s. Yara’s Virlana Tkacz tells the story, while
Julian Kytasty, a master bandura player, shares Shtokalko’s recordings.
Special guests: Dmytro Hubyak and his students from Ukraine.

program & press release

Poet:

Oleh Lysheha "Raven"

October, 2020

Yara Arts Group has created several theatre pieces based on poetry by Oleh Lysheha, including: “Raven” (2011). Director Virlana Tkacz talks with participants and shows video clips.

Poet:
Oleh Lysheha

"Swan"

June, 2020

Yara Arts Group has created several theatre pieces based on poetry by Oleh Lysheha, including: “Swan” (2003). Director Virlana Tkacz talks with participants and shows video clips.
program & press release

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