28th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival
Come see Voloshky perform at Tryzub Sunday, August 25, 2019
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.
On March 14, 2017, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) announced grants to 12 dance and 10 music ensembles from across the United States to support their engagements in 17 countries around the globe through the 2017 USArtists International (USAI) program.
Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble is proud to announce that with MAAF support, the company will travel to Ukraine this summer to conduct artistic and humanitarian initiatives together with the Ukrainian Federation of America (UFA). The trip will be timed to coincide with the Lviv Ukrainian Dance Festival and a healthcare convention organized by the UFA.
Voloshky needs your help to make this Ukraine initiative a success. While the prestigious MAAF grant allows for 4 artists to travel to Ukraine, Voloshky intends to send 25 artists. We are looking to raise an additional $75,000.
Please consider generously supporting this cause!
Your contribution is fully tax-deductible as allowed by law under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Below is a link to a video that I produced with filmmaker Henry Nevison. The song is recorded in Philadelphia at a performance I produced in September 2012. The musical artists are from Kirovohrad. The musical arrangement and words were created thru a commissioned by Voloshky.
It is a presentation of Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and The Ukrainian Federation of America to the people at EuroMaidan.
Pray for Ukraine! We Shall Overcome…
Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
STEPPES: Crossover is a new evening-length performance that takes audiences on an exciting journey from folk to contemporary dance. Featuring over 35 dancers and musicians, the program underscores America’s unique pluralistic heritage and multicultural inspirations. Featuring a new work by Mark Morris, experience the bold acrobatics of Ukrainian dance and ingenious artistry of the dancers set in motion by a live, virtuosic orchestra from Kirovohrad, Ukraine.
“…appealing, energetic, poignant and powerful!”
Nancy G. Heller
This unique program is based on the work of the Yatran Ukrainian Dance Company of Kirovohrad, Ukraine that toured in the U.S. in 1977. Together, original choreographer Anatolij Kryvochyzha (now age 87) and American choreographer Taras Lewyckyj theatrically recreated the highly acclaimed Yatran program with the Zoriany Ukrainian Dance Company in Kirovohrad, Ukraine. The result is an incredibly lively and exciting show featuring over 40 dancers and musicians.
“… the Ukrainian Dance Company Yatran arrived for a far, far too brief two-night engagement as part of the Radio City Music Hall Pop Festival. It should be brought back as soon as possible. Two nights is by no means long enough to get even acquainted. [Kryvochyzha] knows how to point up a folk dance, his program moves exceptionally smoothly, and he understands the need to vary the pace and texture of the various numbers”.
New York Times
This program combines the highest level of technique and presentation with the national character of Ukraine to create a spellbinding show of art and energy. The resulting style is bold and powerful, clearly native to Ukrainian dance, yet classical enough to be appreciated by all. Through dance, Voloshky portrays the past and present culture of the Ukrainian people. Featuring works by many world-renowned choreographers, audiences are exposed to traditional costumes, styles, and music representing various regions of Ukraine.
“The Voloshky dancers…have a genuine feeling for the nobility and friskiness of the dances. The Hopak, the most famous of the Ukrainian dances, goes way beyond friskiness into high virtuosity.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer
“In contrast with the Hopak was the courtly Kokhanochka. Its lilting steps and formal patterns are a lesson in the value of simplicity. Every would-be choreographer should take a look at this model of ‘less is more’.”
Nancy Goldner – Dance Critic
Author “Balanchine Variations”