Yara Arts Group
"Yara Arts Group (established 1990) is a resident company at La MaMa. We are a collective of artists of Asian, African, Latino, Eastern and Western European ancestry , who come together to create original work on Eastern themes. Our efforts are collaborative: we bring together fragments of plays, poems, songs, myths, and historical sources to create original work that is reflective of culture we explore. Yara artists and our colleagues from abroad contribute stories from their diverse background: what follows is a layering of languages and music rhythms and textures that are unique in origin but alike in their impact on the human soul. This is the foundation of our belief that theater can communicate with everyone in the world. We strive to create new theatrical pieces that are infused with traditional materials. We have created 32 theater pieces based on extensive research in Eastern Europe, Siberia, and Asia . We have collaborated with international artists (actors, musicians , dancers, and storytellers) who haven't only contributed their specific expertise but also have facilitated our understanding of the complexities of their local culture. Together we create theater pieces in Yara’s signature style of multilingual dialogue and songs supported by evocative visuals and documentation."