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What's Showing at the Schimmel (NYC)

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The Schimmel's 2015–2016 season comes to a close with two nights celebrating the 40th anniversary of Battery Dance and another two featuring unique performances by DakhaBrakha.

Battery Dance 40th Anniversary
Wednesday, May 11 | 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 12 | 7:00 p.m.

Battery Dance, New York City’s cultural ambassador to the world, celebrates its 40th anniversary with performances highlighting the depth of its international experience and the artistry of its dancers, enriched by guest choreographers and dancers from India, Slovenia, and South Africa.

The Durga Project, a world premiere directed by Jonathan Hollander, weaves together the movement vocabularies, sonorities, and aesthetics of the US and India. The concept of Durga, or Shakti, the power and energy and magnificence of womanhood, underlies and informs the piece. Inter/Ago by Tadej Brdnik, Observatory by Theo Ndindwa, and an invocation by Unnath H.R. complete the program.

With Love from Free Ukraine: Two Nights with DakhaBrakha
NPR Music called them "utter brilliance" and Rolling Stone said they're a "best kept secret." DakhaBrakha brings two unique performances to the Schimmel stage: one evening live in concert and the second featuring their original score to the classic, pre-Stalin silent film, Earth.

Friday, May 20 | 7:30 p.m.
This playful band from Kiev researches and then reshapes ancient and contemporary Ukrainian music and theater creating an unexpected range of sounds in concert that are at once riotous and mesmerizing. DakhaBrakha—which means give-take in old Ukrainian—melds soulful folk and ritual songs, with Balkan, African, Brazilian, experimental jazz, pop, and R&B, which is performed on vocals, accordion, bass drum, keyboard, mouth harp, and cello—creating hypnotic textures.

Live score to the silent film masterpiece Earth
Saturday, May 21 | 7:30 p.m.
This evening DakhaBrakha will perform their original score to a screening of the classic 1930 pre-Stalin silent film Earth (Zemliya) by Aleksandr Dovzhenko, considered to be one of the most important films and filmmakers of the Soviet era. The lyrical and poetic film depicts the lives of Ukrainian farmers with intense close-ups and impressive expanses of the landscape and is a passionate tribute to the land, nature, and to the people that work it.