MARIANA SADOWSKA- Ancient Songs From Ukraine
"Sometimes a musician has such an inborn desire to communicate that her message naturally becomes universal...the responsibilities, protocol and tradition of whatever style she is working in just vanish; she replaces them with pure vitality. Such is the case with the Ukrainian singer Marjana Sadovska·" --The New York Times
October 2001---Foolery hosted internationally acclaimed performer Mariana Sadowska, formerly of the Gardzienice Center of Theater Practice in Poland. "Gardzienice [is] one of Poland's-and the world's-premiere experimental theatre companies...[they] constitute the very heart and essence of Polish experimental and anthropological performance."*
Ms Sadowska is from Lviv in Western Ukraine, and has spent 10 years traveling through the villages of Ukraine collecting folksongs and rituals. This is not the state-sanctioned face of rural Ukraine, but the long-buried (and quickly disappearing) heritage of an incredibly complex culture.
Ms Sadowska enchanted audiences at Fool Hall (the former Papercraft building) with her performance, Enchantment Songs: Ancient Songs from Ukraine.
*-Richard Schechner, Editor - The Drama Review; Prof. of Performance Studies - Tisch School for the Arts, NYU
Photos by Will Kerner