world music theatre piece based on Kyrgyz epic
about a magical and darkly humorous journey
into the Underworld and out into the Cosmos
created by Virlana Tkacz & Kenzhegul Satybaldieva
with Yara Arts Group and Kyrgyz artists
design by Watoku Ueno, movement by Shigeko Suga
translation by Virlana Tkacz, Roza Mukasheva & Wanda Phipps
featuring Kyrgyz music played by Nurbek Serkebaev
with: Daniel Darrow, Eldiiar Dzharashev, Nurlan Erzhanov,
Susan Hyon, Ainura Kachkynbek kyzy, Umarbek Kadyrov,
Azamat Serkebaev and Kenzhegul Satybaldieva
Recorded April 10, 2009 La MaMa E.T.C., New York
Made possible by the Open Society Institute, the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation, public funds from the New York City Department of Culture and New York State Council on the Arts, as well as the friends of Yara Arts Group
In this clip Toshtuk saves the chicks in a nest on the Tree of Life and is flown out into the cosmos by their thankful mother.
SYNOPSIS OF SHOW Er Toshtuk is one of the “short epics” of the Kyrgyz people, who have one of the richest oral traditions in the world. It is probably their second oldest story, originating as a shaman tale. It begins on the edge between worlds guarded by a spirit girl.. A father who has lost nine sons begs for one more. Toshtuk is born, learns of his brothers, places his spirit in a steel box he gives to his father and sets out to find his brothers. He falls in love with the spirit girl, but his father engages him to another and gives his son’s soul to a creature from the Underworld. Toshtuk falls into the Underworld where with the help of his magical horse and some very unusual friends, he struggles with the dark forces. Eventually he is reunited with his spirit, he saves the chicks in a nest on the Tree of Life and is flown out into the cosmos by their thankful mother.