Ukrainian Shumka Dancers



A New Work Premiering 2018.

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Ancestors & Elders is a project borne from a desire to connect the Ukrainian settler experience to that of the indigenous people of Treaty 6 territory. In a production to feature a cast of Shumka Dancers and multidisciplinary indigenous artists, our goal is to share a story of the first Ukrainian newcomers to Canada, exploring the shared values—as well as respected differences—between Ukrainian and First Nations people.

Ancestors & Elders will have its premiere in April of 2018 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. The premiere dates will include public evening performances. Relevant outreach and educational events/programs will be part of the project as well. Plans are to have it presented for school educational programs in the future.

Sneak peek events leading up to the premiere dates included: Ukrainian Day at Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (August 13), Bannock and Borscht free community event at Shumka Dance Centre (September 30 & October 1).


Funders to date:

Edmonton Community Foundation

Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko


Creative Team to date:

Directors – Barry Bilinsky; Joseph Hoffman

Choreographer – Joseph Hoffman

Story Consultant/Spoken Word/Poetry – Anna Marie Sewell

Visual Artists – Lana Whiskeyjack; Svitlana Kravchuk

Guest Performers – Darlene Auger; Brittany Pastion; Lakota Tootoosis; Laurentia Tootoosis

Music Development:

Carissa Klopoushak – Ukrainian Violinist

Mark Klopoushak – Recording Engineer and Percussionist

Anders Hunter – Singer and Drummer – Eya Hey Nakoda

Costume Design – Megan Koshka

Costume Consultants (Shumka) – Trinity Chopyk; MaryAnn Baziuk

Lighting Design – Jeff Osterlin

Projection Design – Elijah Lindenberger

Production Management – Joshua Semchuk; Darka Tarnawsky

Marketing: Bottom Line Productions Inc.

BEHIND THE SCENES Images in Rehearsal

Music Residency for Music Creation November, 2017

Musical collaborators Carissa Klopoushak and Mark Klopoushak work with Co-Director Joseph Hoffman


Anders Hunter

IN REHEARSAL, Summer 2017

WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE at The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village August 13 2017


Some examples of Design planning by Visual Designers Svitlana Kravchuk and Lana Whiskeyjack