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Shumka on Tour
October 7, 2022
After decades of performances near and far, the whirlwind returns with its tenth Canadian tour.
Shumka means “whirlwind,” a powerful display of artistry, energy and emotion through dance. Over 60 years of performance history has shaped the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers’ signature dance style. The Toronto Star called Shumka “Canada’s National Treasure,” and the Globe & Mail compared Shumka to Riverdance.
The Shumka On Tour program showcases four of Shumka’s newest works: the all-ages Disneyesque Mosquito’s Wedding, a tribute in film to the Ukrainian pioneers in Canada, Promised Land, a salute to the bravery of the people in current Ukraine, My Yeh, and a celebration of the emotion, energy and evolution of Ukrainian dance, Echoes of Hopak. The mixed work program features original music, projection and multimedia design, film, and new choreography.
Said dance reporter Fawnda Mithrush: Shumka on Tour is pure glory, and a salve for today’s troubling headlines. You will leave uplifted and reminded that culture transcends borders and boundaries — no matter your heritage, Shumka will invigorate your spirit.