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Shumka dancers coming to Swift Current

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The Swift Current Allied Arts Council is pleased the third performance for the 2013–2014 season of Stars for Saskatchewan will be Canada’s Ukrainian Shumka Dancers on Nov. 16.


Given the demand for tickets for this year’s series, the Arts Council has arranged for second shows for a limited number of concerts in the series including an additional performance by the Shumka Dancers on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Shumka presents full-length, professional dance theatre touring productions, as well as intimate concert repertoire, across Canada and around the world. 
These productions marry the genre of Ukrainian dance with classical and contemporary movement to create dramatic storylines, which are recognized as distinctively Shumka-style. In the words of the Edmonton Journal’s veteran dance writer, Pamela Anthony, “Shumka has turned the idea of folk dance into a living, breathing art form and emerged as one of the most contemporary dance companies around.”
More than 50 years of performance history has shaped Shumka’s signature music and dance style.
While maintaining deep respect for their heritage, Shumka continually challenges conventional boundaries in order to define the experience of Ukrainian dance in the context of today’s society.
Shumka strives to ensure artists who believe in Canada’s rich Ukrainian heritage, have a distinct voice on the national and international performing arts stage. This voice gathers its strength from Shumka’s profound passion to create original work that steadfastly reflects the changing world in which we live.
The Shumka Dancers commission and produce original music and choreography based on Ukrainian rural and urban culture, both historical and contemporary. In the last four years Shumka’s works were enjoyed by live audiences in Canada, China, and Ukraine, and on television when White Boots to China was broadcast internationally on BRAVO.
The Shumka Dancers will perform Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Sky Centre.
Tickets for reserved seating for the Nov. 17 performance can be purchased at the Living Sky Casino Box Office in person, on-line at www.livingskycasino.ca or by phone at 306-778-5759. An extremely limited number of tickets for the Nov. 16 performance also remain available.
For more information, phone the Swift Current Allied Arts Council at 306-773-1338 or 1-877-211-2787 toll-free.

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