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March 7 - March 24

Howl! Happening
6 East 1st Street
New York City, NY 10003 + Google Map

Performances: March 15-24 | Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at 6 PM

Special Exhibition Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 1 – 5PM

Howl! Happening and Yara Arts Group are pleased to present Mariupol, a multi-media event that includes a photography exhibition by Pulitzer Prize winners Evgeniy Maloletka and Mstyslav Chernov, as well as a performance that fuses documentary material, poetry, song, dance, and puppetry to tell the story of this city in Eastern Ukraine. “Mariupol” exhibit opens March 7 at Howl! Happening, 6 East 1st Street in Manhattan. The performance, Mariupol: Diaries of War and the Tree of Life, will be performed March 15–24 at 6 PM in the gallery.

The core material of the “Mariupol” performance piece is composed of “Diaries of War,” by people in Mariupol during the first days of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine that were collected by Daria Kolomiec. Virlana Tkacz directs the performance piece created by Yara Arts Group, which also includes poetry by Serhiy Zhadan, Ukraine’s best-known poet. 

The “Mariupol” exhibition features photographs taken by Evgeniy Maloletka and Mstyslav Chernov when they were the only Ukrainian journalist with international connections reporting from the besieged city. They were awarded a 2023 Pulitzer Prize for public service. Evgeniy Maloletka received a second Pulitzer for breaking news photography, as well as earning Press Photo of the Year. Mstyslav Chernov’s film “20 Days in Mariupol” has won numerous prizes and is now nominated for an Oscar.

Yara Arts Group, a resident company of the renowned La MaMa Experimental Theatre, has created over forty original theatre pieces and was awarded a Village Preservation Award last year. Director Virlana Tkacz interwove the diaries, adding several poems by Serhiy Zhadan she translated with Wanda Phipps. Yara’s Julian Kytasty composed and created the music, Tom Lee created the sets and puppets, while Waldemart Klyuzko designed the graphics. Yara’s performers include George Drance, Silvana Gonzalez, Oksana Horban, Susan Hwang, Teryn Kuzma, Maxim Lozynskyj and Petro Ninovskyi.

Virlana Tkacz translated into English diaries by Yaroslav Semenenko, a member of the Ukrainian National Paralympic swim team, Yevhenia Ivanchenko, a captain in the Mariupol Police, Olena Nikulina, from an old Mariupol family, whose husband defended the Azovstal Complex, and Valeria Mykhailovska, who on Feb 24, 2022, was working in the Czech Republic and decided to return home to Mariupol to rescue her mother.

“Mariupol” is sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Self Reliance Foundation, and the friends of Yara Arts Group. The exhibit is free and is on view Wednesday to Sunday 1-5 PM March 6-24. The performances, with a suggested donation of $20, will take place Fridays to Sundays at 6 PM, March 15-24.


Image: A Ukrainian serviceman takes a photograph of a damaged church after shelling in a residential district in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

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