Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

For The 2018 50 Arts Commissions For Theater, Spoken Word, And Musical Theater

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In recognition of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative supports the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional works of performing arts. This grant will support "BABA" (working title), a theatrical production with text, movement, and music, exploring the lives of burneshas, women of the Balkans who assume the appearance and status of men in traditional village cultures. Kitka will present the world premiere of "BABA" in the San Francisco Bay Area no later than December 2021.
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KITKA is a professional women's vocal ensemble of nine women dedicated to developing new audiences for music rooted in Eastern European women's vocal traditions. The group strives to expand the boundaries of folk song as a living and evolving expressive art form. In addition to preserving traditional folkloric material, KITKA presents traditional material with new arrangements written by its vocalists, premieres new music by Eastern European and American composers, and commissions new works. KITKA reaches more than 16,000 people a year through its Bay Area concert season, artist residencies, CD productions of its music, K-12 programs, and national and international touring.

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