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Todays Date: 06/26/22
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Janyl  | Open: 03/09/07 Close: 03/25/07
Based on an ancient epic song from Kyrgyzstan, "Janyl Myrza" (pronounced Ja-nil Mir-zha), is about a woman archer with a skill so refined that she never misses. This World Music-Theater piece includes fragments of the epic performed live by Kyrgyz artists from Central Asia in the traditional singing style, while Yara artists perform in English. Virlana Tkacz directs.
Koliada: Twelve Dishes  | Open: 03/04/05 Close: 03/20/05
A new world music-theater work based on ancient winter ritual songs from the Carpathians.

Contemporary scenes used in the production have been written by Serhiy Zhadan, Ukraine's hottest young poet, who was leader of the tent city in Kharkiv (the "Chicago" of Ukraine) during the country's recent "Orange Revolution." The multidisciplinary theatrical work is being created by director Virlana Tkacz in collaboration with Zhadan. It centers on a midwinter ritual of the Carpathians in which the forces of nature are invited to dinner. The cast mixes American performers of Yara Arts Group with artists from Carpathians who will perform on traditional instruments, including ten-foot wooden horns.