1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan and The Dogs

June 09 - June 25, 2017


Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 E 4th Street; 2nd Floor

Thursday to Saturday at 8:30PM; Sunday at 4PM

80 Minutes; No Intermission

By Yara Arts Group
Directed by Virlana Tkacz
USA Premiere

What happens when society crumbles? A reminder to reflect of our past as we contemplate our ways forward. A show filled with music and poetry transformed into scenes, action and projections. Is there a ray of hope? Based on poetry by Pavlo Tychyna, by Serhiy Zhadan and songs from rock group Zhadan & the Dogs with poems by Bob Holman based on Zhadan's poetry and On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder.

Press for 1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan and The Dogs

"This magnificent performance encourages us to confront the ugliness with vigor and celebrate the beauty that human beings are capable of in the midst of tragedy and error. In our present climate of wall building and retrograde isolationism such artistic collaborations as Yara Arts Group has undertaken and La MaMa E.T.C. has supported for more than fifty years are to be valued as a boon." - Beate Hein Bennett, New York Theatre Wire
"The recitation of the verse is terrific, animated without being heavy-handed. The speakers, of course, recite in English, but they intersperse the verse with Ukrainian words, and the technique creates a lovely, ghostly suggestion of translation." - Steve Capra

A conversation with director Virlana Tkacz

Yara Arts Group Special Events

La MaMa and Yara Arts Group present

Zhadan & the Dogs in Concert

Saturday June 17, 2017 at 10 PM



La MaMa and Yara Arts Group present


Wednesday, June 21 2017 - 8PM



About the Artists

Yara Arts Group formed in 1990 to explore and celebrate the cultures of the East. Yara Arts Group researches traditional cultures of the East and create new art performances, music and dance pieces that are filtered through our own unique cultural prisms.
Serhiy Zhadan is recognized as the best contemporary poet of Ukraine. He is the author of twelve books of poetry and three award winning novels. Zhadan’s work speaks to the disillusionment, difficulties and ironies of life. His poetry and prose is translated into 20 languages, including English.  
Bob Holman is a poet most often connected with the oral tradition, spoken word, hiphop, slams, and poetry films. He has published sixteen books of poetry and is the founder of the Bowery Poetry Club.