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GREAT SMALL WORKS – The Revival of the Uzda Gravediggers

  • NACL THEATRE 110 Highland Lake Road Highland Lake, NY, 12743 United States (map)


The Revival of the Uzda Gravediggers

Uzda, just outside of Minsk (Belarus), once a thriving center of religious thought, and a stone's throw away from the legendary Smargon Bear Training Academy, is also home to a pair of adjacent cemeteries, one Jewish and one Muslim Tatar.

“Our investigation of this ‘mostly ordinary town’ is a co-creation across nation states, languages, wars, and occupations, crittered by a cast drawn from real life, literature, botany, song, poetry, historical archives, and film. With our partners from the Belarusian literary scene, we set new reality-based fantasies to music, reaching for liberated forms of kinship.”

The piece is a remembering-fantasy designed to destabilize the present moment, reminding us that there's nothing truly inevitable about militarism, cruel austerity, Islamophobia, anti-semitism, and nationalism — ALSO, that we have, and have always had, ingenious ways of getting really pissed off and fighting back, which include loud singing.

Earlier Event: January 31
Later Event: June 29
CLIFF WESTFALL with Graham Norwood