Singing together: hayivky & vesnianky Ukrainian ritual spring songs

Sunday, 17.04.2016 / 14.00 / Admission is free

DAGADANA music project in cooperation with special guests from Ukraine: Olga Sokalska (bandura player), Oleksandra Tsykura (culture expert and multi-instrumentalist) and Orestes Sharak (acor).

Hayivky & vesnianky are folk songs, welcoming the approaching spring. The spring, which all of us are looking forward to. These songs are of long, pre-Christian tradition. Their integral parts are dances, playing instruments and walk around. This way people are inviting the spring. They enjoy the warm and sunny weather, birds, returning to their homeland. In such a symbolic way, we want to welcome the charmer-spring and to ask her to remain with us as long as possible.

Orest Sharak was born in the Carpathian region in Ukraine. In 2005, he started to study acting at the Ivan Franko National University in Lviv. From 2007 to 2011 he worked at the Les Kurbas Theatre In 2009, in co- with some actors from the theatre, he established the KURBASY ethno-ambient band, their work was focused on exploring drama elements in Ukrainian songs. The same time he also collaborated with Lalish Teaterlabor (Viena), Tomasz Bazan (Teatr Maat Project, Lublin), Mariana Sadovska (Cologne). In 2012, he became an actor of the Teatr ZAR. In 2012, after expedition to Sicily, he became a member of the In Medias Res ensemble, involved in liturgical songs from Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily. Since 2012 he has been collaborating with Matej Matejka. He plays different musical instruments from various world cultures.

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