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Still from The Dwarves Go to Ukraine, 2005; the graffitti says 'There's no Freedom without Dwarves'
The Reserve Film and Video Collection
at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and
the Polish Cultural Institute in New York
present:


THE ORANGE ALTERNATIVE'S
SUBVERSIVE STREET HAPPENINGS
in A View From the East: Documentaries of Eastern Europe

part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe

Saturday, February 13, 2010, 2:00 PM

Tompkins Square Branch Library
331 East 10th Street, New York, NY

Tickets: free Tel: 212.228.4747

Since 1989, some of the most daring and innovative documentaries have come out of Central and Eastern Europe. The View From the East series (January 19 - February 23), which is part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, a performing arts festival marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, presents films made in the Festival's represented countries, including two from Poland: Miroslaw Dembicki's The Orange Alternative (1988) and The Dwarves Go to Ukraine (2005). Their screening will be introduced by Elzbieta Matynia, Associate Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies at The New School for Social Research.


The Wroclaw-based Orange Alternative - a political performance and happening collective - first used whimsical graffiti and fairytale dwarf costumes to poke fun at Communism. Its peaceful street happenings around Poland in the 1980s became vastly popular for their use of absurdist humor to openly mock the regime. When a similarly named revolution broke out in Ukraine in 2004, the Orange Alternative dwarves boarded an orange bus and drove from Warsaw to Kiev, organizing performances in support of it.


Presented by the Reserve Film and Video Collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York as part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, a performing arts festival marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Europe, presented by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in partnership with key New York City cultural organizations and academic institutions, November 2009 - March 2010. www.performingrevolution.org.


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