The women in Kitka are fearless sonic explorers, and you can hear their intrepid spirit in every haunting song. For nearly four decades, the eight-women Oakland ensemble has developed a vast, breathtaking repertoire of traditional songs from the Balkans, Caucasus and Slavic lands, as well as new material composed for the group drawing on those traditional vocal practices. Traveling to rural communities in Armenia and Bulgaria, Ukraine and Georgia, Serbia and Turkey, they’ve gathered songs and communed with elders who are often the last links to centuries-old traditions. The ravishing textures of the women’s voices, unearthly cadences, angular rhythms and unfamiliar languages make Kitka’s performances an enthralling experience.
A contemporary folk opera that reimagines Eastern European fairy tales as radical new stories for our time, Iron Shoes brings together a rambunctious, world-class ensemble of vocalists, dancers, and actors to evoke what it really means to walk a mile (or around the earth) in someone else’s shoes.
March 15 - April 22, 2018
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