In 2015, a group of young artists graduating from the puppetry program of Ukraine's national theatre school came together to form Pralnia (Laundry) Theatre. "We understood that we wanted to work in a theater that didn’t exist, so we decided to make one ourselves,” says Pralnia’s Marusia Ionova. “We ask questions to wash souls, to clean hearts, to freshen minds.”
Taking Kiev -- and the world -- by storm ever since, Pralnia draws on tools and sources like music, puppetry, poetry and Facebook feeds to create fresh, unusual performances that evoke what it means to make art in a constantly changing society. Their multidisciplinary projects are now housed at CCA Dakh, Vlad Troitskyi’s cultural center in Kyiv, also home to the ethno-chaos quartet DhakaBrakha, and performance festival GOGOLFest.
Come meet these extraordinary artists on their first visit to the United States in this special program presented in collaboration with Boom Arts and World Oregon and featuring special guest Professor Stepan Simek of Lewis & Clark College.
Boom Arts' presentation of Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.