Performing at the Art Shanty project, on frozen Lake Harriet, also known as Bde Unma. February 2018

Nitka is a folk performance group affiliated with The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The group’s mission is to study, research, perform, and interpret female communal culture of old Russia. The songs and dances are based on the 19th century village tradition, but their roots are far more ancient. Performances feature circle dances called khorovods, singing games, work songs, solemn ritual events, and more. This is an intangible heritage that Nitka hopes to preserve.

Nitka means ‘thread’ in Russian. As a thread holds pieces of cloth together, Nitka’s creativity weaves past and present histories, locations, and practices into Minnesota’s rich cultural fabric.

The Nitka are performance-oriented folklorists who love to present this fascinating slice of the world’s traditional communal culture to broad public. The group is TMORA’s outreach project contributing to Minnesota’s vibrant and varied art scene.

Nitka’s next performance will be at Morningside After Dark on Monday, January 28th, 2019.

 

Please contact Masha Zavialova, TMORA Chief Curator and Nitka Co-Director, at mzavialova@tmora.org to schedule a performance at your venue.

 

Nitka performance at The Museum of Russian Art – January 12, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performing at the Art Shanty project, on frozen Lake Harriet, also known as Bde Unma. February 2018

 

Nitka performance at The Museum of Russian Art – January 12, 2019