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Mariana Sadovska

The Night is Just Beginning

March 1, 2024
Harold Prince Theatre
PLA Presents

Part of Ukraine: The Edge of Freedom

Vocal artist and composer Mariana Sadovska blends Ukrainian folk song, avant-garde theatre and social activism. Her travels along the front lines of the first invasion of eastern Ukraine inspired a unique musical production, The Night is Just Beginning. This Philadelphia premiere is still all too relevant today, wringing “startling drama from traditionalist songs turned contemporary in a set that [spans] folklore, humor, grief and rage. Her voice holds the clarity and bite of Slavic folk styles; her stage presence has the bright-eyed intensity of Björk or PJ Harvey." (The New York Times) Experience the turbulent poetry of war in this gripping Penn Live Arts debut.

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Feb 29 @ 6 PM:
As part of Ukraine: The Edge of Freedom, Fima Chupakhin and Mariana Sadovska discuss creativity against the backdrop of conflict. As Ukraine is thrust onto the global stage, both artists are in the unique position of making work about the country’s challenges while abroad. This discussion will be moderated by Gracie Golden, Senior Officer of Strategic Initiatives and Relocation at the Artistic Freedom Initiative.

Mar 1:
Join us after the performance for a discussion between Mariana Sadovska and Dr. Lyudmila Sholokhova, Curator of the Dorot Jewish Collection at the New York Public Library.

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Photo credits:
1: Marcus Lieberens
2: Olga Kowalewska