The 2017 Voloshky discovery project will explore Crimean Tatar choreography for consideration in Voloshky’s repertoire.
Rooted in indigenous culture, Crimean Tatar choreography is nothing like other works in Voloshky’s repertoire. This will be the first time an American-Ukrainian organization will work collaboratively with indigenous Crimean Tatars at the source, to discover and identify choreographic practices and legacies in order to become more knowledgeable for the next phase of work – to incorporate Crimean choreography into Voloshky’s repertoire with integrity.
Voloshky artistic Director Taras Lewyckyj will work with Ayla Bakkalli to assemble meetings with leading Crimean Tatar cultural artists in Ukraine to explore and plan for a comprehensive artistic collaboration in 2018. Ayla Bakkalli is an executive member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, an advisor to the Ukrainian permanent UN Mission on Indigenous Matters, and the U.S. representative of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis.