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Named after Les Kurbas, one of the 20th century’s most influential theater directors, Kurbasy is based in Lviv, Ukraine, a cultural hub of Slavic cultures and practices. Conceived and directed by the band’s three actress-singers, Kurbasy’s sonic-theatrical explorations of Ukraine’s rich trove of calendar song cycles, lullabies, and legends, conjure the natural world, beliefs, and rituals, tracing contemporary connections to an archaic past.

Watch Past Performances

Video 10/24/2018: Kurbasy

Kurbasy, an ensemble of three vocalists and three instrumentalists, brings tight vocal harmonies, resonant lyrics, and phantasmagoric visual imagery from the Carpathian mountains of Western Ukraine.

Presented in collaboration with Center Stage, a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts.