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Yara Arts Group Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: Create original theatre pieces at la mama etc, as well as concerts, poetry, art and music events and film screenings at bard college, sarah lawrence college, ukrainian museum, ukrainian institute of america, united nations, also in ukraine and in canada

Programs: Music and poetry events, as well as art and film screening performed at bard college, sarah lawrence college, united nations, ukrainian museum in new york, the ukrainian institute of america in new york, ukrainian league of philadelphia, washington dc

dark night bright stars/ underground dreams - yara researched developed created and performed origianl theater pieces on the lives of taras shevchenko and ira aldrich and their meeting in 1858, as well as the dreams of young people. The performances in ukraine were supported by the us embassy in kyiv and the coca cola company.

capt john smith goes to ukraine - based on the 1630 autobiography performed at la mama experimental theater in ny, as well as at the cape breton university in nova scotia, canada. The show was supported by the ny state council on the arts, nyc dept of cultural affairs and the coca cola company

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Yara Arts Group creates visually stunning theatre pieces that explore the contemporary and traditional cultures of the East. We started Yara in 1990 because we felt we had privileged access to magnificent texts from overlooked cultures. This access was due to the diversity and language skills of our artists. Each Yara production is an original theatre piece created in rehearsal by the ensemble based on numerous texts we have translated specially for the production. It also involves collaboration with international artists who perform in their own languages together with our company, allowing us to enter into a deeper cultural dialogue on stage. What follows is a layering of languages, images, music, rhythms and textures that are unique in origin but alike in their impact on the human soul. This is the foundation of our belief that theatre can communicate with everyone in the world. Our designers join us in the rehearsal process and their designs evolve organically with the theatre piece. Together we create original theatre productions in Yara's signature style of: multilingual dialogue and songs supported by evocative visuals, music and movement. Our company has created 24 original theatre pieces rooted in Buryat Mongolian, Kyrgyz, Japanese and Ukrainian material that have all premiered at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York, where Yara is a resident company. Afterwards, these pieces have also been performed in Eastern Europe, Siberia, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, China and the Pacific Region both cities in major theatres or at avant-garde festivals and in villages in cultural centers.