Mosquito’s Wedding: All We Need Is Love
An all-new Shumka production inspired by a traditional Ukrainian folk song.
Join a fairy-tale land of insects from various regions of Western Ukraine
as they celebrate diversity, overcoming stereotypes, acceptance
and above all, LOVE.
About the Show
Mosquito’s Wedding (All We Need Is Love) is a new production inspired by a traditional Ukrainian folk song. The 50-minute all-ages dance theatre production features a number of insect characters from various “regions” of Ukraine. The dance lexicon, musical compositions, and sets, costumes and props are associated with these ethnographic regions. The theme of the production is poignant, being one of acceptance, diversity, and overcoming stereotypes.
The project also includes a Mosquito’s Wedding Study Guide here for use by teachers and students that focuses on curriculum-specific themes and activities. Developed by Shumka’s Education Committee, made up of current and retired educators, all Shumka Study Guides follow the Alberta Education curriculum.
Mosquito’s Wedding is directed by Les Sereda, with consultation by John Pichlyk. Choreographers include Les Sereda, John Pichlyk, Tasha Orysiuk, Paul Olijnyk, and Joseph Hoffman. Music is by Andriy Shoost, with costumes by Anna Ipatieva and sets by Andrii Zlobin of Ukraine. Local designers Elijah Lindenberger & T. Erin Gruber, Jeff Osterlin and Randall Fraser, bring their expertise in the area of projections, lighting and puppetry, respectively.
Behind the Scenes
Read the Playbill here for artists bios and more.