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Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh, presented by Center Stage

Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh, presented by Center Stage
Paris Theatre
Free
Fri, Oct 26
8:00pm
A production of the breakthrough Teatr-Pralnia (Laundry Theater) with Ukraine’s leading contemporary hub, CCA Dakh, directed by theatrical disruptor, Vlad Troitsky. Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh A RAMBUNCTIOUS SUPER-CHARGED PUPPET CABARET FROM KYIV Trolls prowl and conflicts rage in online propaganda. External actors force themselves across borders precipitating an icy hot international stalemate. Thousands take to the streets demanding transparency and change. This is the context for TseSho?/What’s That?, a super-charged puppet cabaret of real time events and Facebook feeds, iconic Ukrainian poetry, catchy vamps, and improvised action. Rambunctious and audacious, the piece questions through the intense lens of childhood. How do we understand? Who are we in a time of sensationalized information and deceptive surfaces? Where is our place in our world and in history? What’s That?

Teatr-Pralnia will be performing as part of Center Stage 2018. For its fourth edition, Center Stage – a cultural exchange program initiated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) – will bring five contemporary music and theater ensembles from Egypt and Ukraine to tour in the United States in September-November 2018. During independent month-long tours Dina Elwedidi (Egypt), Kurbasy (Ukraine), Mohamed Abozekry and Karkadé (Egypt), Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh (Ukraine), and Youssra El Hawary (Egypt) will present more than 50 performances and hundreds of residency activities, classroom visits, workshops, artist-to-artist exchange, and community gatherings.

The 2018 Center Stage ensembles will visit and engage with people in 16 states and the District of Columbia. The artists will perform in a wide range of locations and venues, from large cities to small towns. Venues will include major performing arts centers such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as well as universities, cultural and community centers, festivals, contemporary art venues, music clubs, and artist-run spaces. The program will bring one independent journalist from both Egypt and Ukraine to travel to the United States to report on the tours. Tour details and experiences will also be featured on the Center Stage website (www.centersageUS.org) and through U.S. Department of State social media.

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