La Mama presents Yara Arts Group in
“Winter Songs on Mars”
November 21, 2019
The Ellen Stewart Theatre @ La MaMa
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery & Second Avenue)
“Winter Songs on Mars,” is a world music theater event celebrating Koliada, a winter ritual of the Carpathian Mountains, directed by Virlana Tkacz. It will include the traditional Hutsul koliada and an 18th century Ukrainian Nativity play, as well as winter songs from around our planet. The musical director of the show is bandurist Julian Kytasty. Performers will include actors of Yara Arts Group and members of Nova Opera from Kyiv. Featured musicians will include the Koliadnyky, who will sing traditional winter songs and perform brilliant troista instrumental music from the Carpathians. The Koliada ritual coincides with Christmas but is much older in origin and symbolism. Its oldest songs are preserved in villages high in the mountains. The evening will feature a variety of unique instruments played by the Koliadnyky.
Tickets $25; $20 students/seniors, $10 children