Friday, April 10, 2009

CONCERT: Europa-Premiere!!! KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble - "The Rusalka Cycle" by Mariana Sadovska (

I have known Shira Cion - Executive Director and Vocalist of this fabulous ensemble KITKA - about her interests for the Georgian Polyhonic Music. Now I am very glad that she can come together with her members of this choir to Europe for a concert tour. She wrote me than she was very interested in the music of the choir Tutarchela from Rustavi.


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Liebe Freunde von Mariana Sadovska!
Wir freuen uns sehr auf den Besuch der acht Sängerinnen von KITKA Women's Vocal Ensemble (San Francisco), die auf ihrer Europa-Tournee in Köln den von Mariana Sadovska komponierten Zyklus "The Rusalka Cylce -Songs between the worlds" aufführen werden:

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So,19.04.2009 20 Uhr
"The Rusalka Cycle - Songs between the worlds" (Europa-Premiere)
Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble (San Francisco) & Instrumentalisten
Komposition: Mariana Sadovska

Hypnotisierend sind ihre Gesänge. Gleich den Sirenen ziehen die Rusalki - geheimnisvolle Unterwasserschönheiten der slawischen Mythologie - arglose Unschuldige in den Untergang. Kitka präsentiert das Werk der Komponistin Mariana Sadovska zum ersten und einzigen Mal in Deutschland.
Stimmgewaltig. Betörend.

Im Rahmen der internationalen Plattform für Tanz und Theater "globalize:cologne" der Freihandelszone - ensemblenetzwerk köln

ORT: Lutherkirche, Martin-Luther-Platz, 50677 Köln
TICKETS: 0221/ 985 45 30

Mit Unterstützung durch das NRW Kultursekretariat (Wuppertal) und den Ministerpräsidenten des Landes NRW (gefördert im Rahmen von "das 3. Ohr") sowie von Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation durch USArtists International, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts und Trust for Mutual Understanding.

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Herzliche Einladung und - frohe Ostern!
Alexandra Kalka

The Rusalka Cycle: Songs Between the Worlds
Music from the 2005 vocal-theater project co-created by Kitka, composer and music director Mariana Sadovska, and stage director Ellen Sebastian Chang.

In Slavic folklore, Rusalki are the restless spirits of women who have died unjust, untimely or unnatural deaths. They inhabit the waters, forests, and fields, luring people to them with their mesmerizing songs and wild laughter. Performed by the eight powerful vocalists of Kitka, The Rusalka Cycle is a riveting dream-like journey that weaves traditional Eastern European folk song together with original music by Mariana Sadovska. This CD features Kitka singing as you’ve never heard them sing before. With stirring accompaniment by cellists Moses Sedler and Elaine Kreston, and percussionist Kevin Mummey, this CD captures the highly dramatic and risk-taking performance piece that took the San Francisco Bay Area by storm in the fall of 2005. Plans are currently underway to tour The Rusalka Cycle nationally and internationally in 2007-2008.


Dear friends of Mariana Sadovska!
We are very much looking forward to the European premiere of Mariana Sadovska's work "The Rusalka Cycle..." by Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble (San Francisco) in Cologne:

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Sun,19/04/2009 20h00
The Rusalka Cycle - Songs between the worlds
Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble (San Francisco) & instrumentalists
Music: Mariana Sadovska

Beware of the mesmerizing songs of the siren-like beauties that inhabit the streams and lakes, the forests and fields. In Slavic folklore, these restless spirits called Rusalki will draw unsuspecting innocents to their doom. Kitka presents this work, composed by Mariana Sadovska, for the first time and only once in Germany - a haunting and bewitching experience.

In the frame of the international performance-series "globalize:cologne" of the theater label Freihandelszone - ensemblenetzwerk köln
VENUE: Lutherkirche, Martin-Luther-Platz, 50677 Köln
TICKETS: 0221/ 985 45 30

Supported by: NRW Kultursekretariat (Wuppertal) and the Ministerpräsident of Northrhine Westphalia (in the frame of "das 3. Ohr") and by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Trust for Mutual Understanding.

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Glad to meet you there.... and - Happy Easter!
Best wishes
Alexandra Kalka

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BORDERLAND Mariana Sadovska & Band
Grolmanstr. 26
50825 Köln


Shira Cion, Executive Director and Vocalist
1201 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, CA 94612 USA

4/11/09-4/18/09: Residency at the Grotowski Institute Forest Base, Brzezinka, Poland
4/19/09: THE RUSALKA CYCLE at Lutherkirche, Globalize Festival, Cologne, Germany
4/20/09: THE RUSALKA CYCLE on WDR Radio, Cologne, Germany
4/22-26/09: THE RUSALKA CYCLE at Giving Voice Festival, Wroclaw, Poland
4/29/09: THE RUSALKA CYCLE at Mohylanka Theatre Academy, Kiev, Ukraine
4/30-5/2/09: Ukrainian Village Expeditions with Ensemble Bozhychi
5/9/09: SANCTUARY: Kitka in Concert with Tzvetanka and Ivan Varimezovi, Early Music Now at St. Josephat Cathedral, Milwaukee, WI

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