This weekends staging of the dance piece Ancestral Voices looks a lot different than it did seven years ago, when it premiered. The production -- which is based on Ukrainian folklore and combines modern dance, theater, and puppetry -- stems from director Nadia Tarnawskys heritage. Theres an old song about two sisters -- one whos wealthy and one whos poor, she says. That became the linchpin. I then looked at various other folk pieces that lent themselves to the story.
The revision was originally set in motion by a festival gig that was slated for later this year in Ukraine. It eventually fell through, but Tarnawsky reworked the piece anyway, tweaking the score and fine-tuning the dances. Ancestral Voices hits the fringe-festival circuit this summer, culminating in a New York performance in August. It travels easy, she says.
The production features four dancers from Verb Ballets and a batch of Ukrainian folk songs adapted by Tarnawsky. Plus, there are giant puppets. Its abstract, says Tarnawsky. We dont go from point A to point C. It follows a poetic line.
June 29-30, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 1, 3 p.m.