Shumka at 50!
‘Shumka' means ‘whirlwind'...a bounding of energy embracing a culture, exploring its meaning whilst innovatively bridging past and future.
Celebrate half a century of Shumka's tradition and evolution in a whirlwind of colour, power and grace. SHUMKA at 50 features retrospective and new works - including not one, but two Hopaks - highlighting Shumka's unique style and energy.
In addition to Shumka's unique choreography, SHUMKA at 50 includes commissioned original musical scores and stunning set and costume designs from the finest artists of the National Opera of Ukraine. Canadian talent provides creative lighting design and multimedia elements that integrate projection, scenery and choreography. Performed by Shumka's 40 talented dancers, SHUMKA at 50 is a breathtakingly powerful production celebrating the artistic evolution of traditional dance in Canada.
"Shumka effectively stands for Ukrainian dancing; over the years the terms have become interchangeable if not synonymous ...Shumka has not only achieved its original vision but also embraced a mandate of developing the art form in Canada and internationally." - Salena Kitteringham, The Dance Current