PS21 has two unique venues in one stunning building on a bucolic setting just one mile outside the Village of Chatham: a traditional stage with open air seating protected by a sweeping pavilion roof as well as an enclosed black box theater. Equipped with state-of-the-art theatrical equipment, PS21 is able to accommodate a wide range of works by today's most brilliant artists in dance, theater and music.
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The group mixes everything from punk-pop to traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures, often with the close harmonies usually associated with Balkan music. But it’s really the live shows that take DakhaBrakha beyond mere curiosity to utter brilliance.” — NPR
Grounded in the fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band DakhaBrakha (“give/take” in Old Ukrainian—a play on the group’s philosophy and resilience) create distinctive, unexpected new music. Rooted in Ukrainian folk music, culture, and ethos, the band added rhythms of the surrounding world to create a unique and original style. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, and African traditional instrumentation, the quartet evolved a powerful and uncompromising vocal and musical range, intimate and riotous, that plumbs the depths of traditional and contemporary modes and rhythms to inspire cultural and artistic liberation. At PS21 in addition to their own performances, DakhaBrakha will present their original live soundtrack along with a screening of the classic Ukrainian masterpiece Earth (1930), by Oleksandr Dovzhenko.
Considered to be one of the most important films of the Soviet era, Dovzhenko is a master of composition, and the film—with its intense close-ups and the impressive expanses of the landscape—is a passionate tribute to the countryside, to nature, and to the people that work on it. Earth was banned 9 days after its original release, and was glorified in Ukraine only after Dovzhenko’s death in 1956. Full of lyrical pantheism and utopian exaltation, it demonstrated the ambiguity of Ukrainian geopolitical choice in the 1920s. In 1958, a film critics’ forum in Brussels named Earth one of the 12 best films in the history of world cinema.