Deadline: May 17, 2020 - 7:30 pm
The Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir (Viter) is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary!
What started as a training ground for young dancers has evolved into an 80-member song and dance ensemble, which has successfully toured the globe and become internationally recognized for their uniquely Ukrainian-Canadian style of performance. To celebrate this artistic milestone, the ensemble is producing a full two-act production on the Northern Alberta Jubilee Stage, with the second act featuring a dynamic collection of past favorites, and the first act featuring an entirely new 45-minute body of work titled Kalyna.
Kalyna (viburnum, also known as high-bush cranberry) is the heart of Ukraine. She is the spirit of the Motherland, united with the spirits of Love, Sorrow, and Pride. She unites us as the ethnic and national symbol of Ukraine, and has carried Ukrainians through a history of hardship and oppression. Resilient, immortal, and full of life – she ignites a fire in our hearts with pride for our homeland and our culture.
Throughout the course of this new 45-minute piece, we follow Kalyna as she awakens from her slumber deep within the branches of the viburnum. She takes us on a non-linear journey through history and folklore, as she first inspires young love, builds a community, is destroyed by war/violent conflict, and ultimately rises from the ashes as a testament to the strength of the Ukrainian nation, for after all "…Ukraine is not yet dead, nor her glory nor freedom.."