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12 Oct 2017
Bayonne/ FRANCE

In her newest solo program, Mariana Sadovska weaves together music, poetry and storytelling, while accompanying herself on Indian Harmonium, Piano and I Pad.

This program is a response to the aggression and war in Ukraine 2014. Sadovska transform her own observations, pain and hope, while intertwining contemporary poetry by Serhiy Zhadan and Lyuba Yakimchuk, ancient folksongs, and possibilities which new technologies offer.

For over 25 years Sadovska has been organizing ethnographic expeditions to rural Ukraine, gathering songs, stories and rituals. In “The Night Is Just Beginning” she uses traditional songs recently recorded during an expedition to the Donetsk region, to villages near Volnovakha and Mariupol. “First you must check, if the village you want to go is occupied or not,” said Iryna Kruchenko, a local ethnomusicologist from Volnovakha. These villages now are on the border, on the front line of a war. One of the songs is a wedding song about passing through a border. What does it mean, when one day war and death force you to escape, or be evacuated? When tragedy comes so close and becomes so real? The borders of hope and despair, traditional ritual songs and contemporary poetry, spoken word and song – these are the elements, Sadovska examines.

“The Night Is Just Beginning” was premiered in December 2016 at the Ukrainian Museum in New York and was produced by Yara Arts Group. The show was a collaboration by Andre Erlen, a theater director from Cologne/Germany and Virlana Tkacz, Artistic Director of Yara. It featured projection design by Waldemart Klyuzko and additional music by Julian Kytasty, which he performed on bandura, a traditional Ukrainian instrument.

Special thanks to Iryna Kriuchenko, the founder of folk ensemble “Zahraiyarochka” from Volnovakha.

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