Okanagan Ukrainian FestivalThe 19th Anniversary of The Okanagan Ukrainian Festival
This year’s dance theatre production is called, ROOTS, CELEBRATING Ukrainian traditions passed down through generations, with special guests Pokotillo Ukrainian Dancers of Kamloops and the Baker Family Orchestra. This musical production is drawn from the rich history and cultural traditions of Ukrainian Canadians. The story takes you back to various traditional dances that are performed during celebratory events of the cycle of life. From birth to marriage and even the respectful traditions of losing a loved one in their new signature piece entitled, Memory Eternal
The Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble is a local dance theatre troupe that continually pushes the boundaries of this unique art form by entertaining and educating their audience about their beautiful Ukrainian Canadian Heritage. They have performed throughout the Okanagan Valley, Vancouver, Alberta and Los Angeles, California. Their travels have taken them to Ukraine in 2006 to study at the Virsky State Ensemble summer dance program. In March of 2008 they performed at Disneyland, California where they shared their culture with the world. In 2013, Sadok returned to Ukraine to once again enjoy the beautiful country, visit family and study dance at the Yunist Dance Ensemble studio at the Palace of Culture in Lviv. In 2014, the Ensemble was the guest performers at the Cultural Showcase at the Vegreville Ukrainian Pysanky Festival in Alberta. In 2016 Sadok was the guest performers at the Vancouver Greek Festival. In 2018, they traveled back to Ukraine for the International Ukrainian Dance Festival in Lviv. This excitingly vibrant and colourful style of dance is always enjoyed by audiences of both Ukrainians and non-Ukrainians alike!
This is the twenty–seventh theatrical dance and music production choreographed by Artistic Director, Andrea Malysh. Through her fourty years of Ukrainian Folk Dance and ethnographic studies, Ms. Malysh has had the privilege to work with other professional instructors and regional experts in Canada, Australia and Ukraine. In 2006, Ms. Malysh was awarded a diploma from the School of Choreography at the Virsky National University of Arts and Culture in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Sadok invites all to an afternoon of Dance, Drama and Ukrainian Spirit on Sunday, May 26th at the Vernon Performing Arts Theatre at 2:00pm.
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