Symposium Sat, Apr 26 at *2 pm*
Experiment, Expression, and the International Scene:
The Ukrainian Avant-Garde Stage in the 1910s and 1920s
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
The Ukrainian Museum
222 East 6th St.
New York, NY 10003
Admission (includes reception and gallery access) is $15; $10 for members and seniors; $5 for students
Moderator: Myroslava Mudrak, Professor Emerita, The Ohio State University, Department of History of Art. Consultative co-curator of The Ukrainian Museum's current exhibition Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s.
Hello from Radiowave 477!: The Berezil Theater as Institution in Soviet Kharkiv
Mayhill Fowler is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Stetson University. Her teaching and research focus on the cultural history of Ukraine, Russia, and Eastern Europe. A former professional actress with an MFA, Fowler is now writing a book about the making of Soviet Ukrainian culture in the interwar period. Fowler has written on the early Ukrainian film industry, Yiddish theater in Soviet Ukraine, and the theatrical world of Russian Imperial Kyiv.
An Amazon of the Avant-Garde: Bronislava Nijinska in Kyiv
Lynn Garafola is a professor of dance at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is an expert on Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and twentieth-century dance more broadly, and has written extensively on both, in addition to curating exhibitions on the Ballets Russes, the New York City Ballet, the history of Italian dance, and Jerome Robbins. Her current project, supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library's Cullman Center, is a book about the celebrated choreographer Bronislava Nijinska.
Before the World Wide Web: Theater Arts at International Exhibitions
Irena Makaryk is a professor in both the English and theater departments at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include Shakespeare and cross-cultural interpretation; she also looks at the role theater plays in times of great social distress. Her interests come together in her study of the avant-garde theater in Ukraine in the early twentieth century. A renowned Les Kurbas scholar, Makaryk is the author of several books on the Ukrainian interpretation of Shakespeare and co-editor with Virlana Tkacz of an anthology on Ukrainian modernist theater. Makaryk is currently the project coordinator for Shakespeare 400, a celebration of the anniversary of the bard's birthday.
Les Kurbas: Explosive Presence
Virlana Tkacz is the artistic director of Yara Arts Group, a resident company of the world-renowned La MaMa Experimental Theater in New York. Since 1990 she has created over thirty original productions at La MaMa based on extensive research in Ukraine, Siberia, and Asia. She is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Translations Fellowship for her translations of Serhiy Zhadan. Additionally, she has published seminal studies on Les Kurbas in English and, with Irena Makaryk, co-edited Modernism in Kyiv: Jubilant Experimentation (University of Toronto Press, 2008).