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Shumka Presents - Ancestors and Elders: The Creative Journey

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Ancestors and Elders: The Creative Journey 

Presented by Shumka

Join the creative team and cast members as they provide a glimpse into the
collaboration and creative process of Shumka’s world premiere production, Ancestors
and Elders. Ancestors and Elders features a cast of Shumka Dancers and multidisciplinary Indigenous artists. Together they share the story of the first Ukrainian newcomers to Canada, exploring the shared values and respected differences between these hopeful settlers and the First Nations people they encounter in a new land. The evening will feature visual art by Lana Whiskeyjack and Svitlana Kravchuk and discussion from members of the creative team.

Artist Statement for Exhibit:

This exhibit by Svitlana Kravchuk and Lana Whiskeyjack is a selection of concept paintings and sketches for Shumka's upcoming world premiere of Ancestors and Elders. The pieces have been collaborated on by both artists, drawing from their experiences and cultural backgrounds. Through the creative process of Ancestors and Elders, Lana and Svitlana were able to explore strong personal and historical connections between their respective communities.

Gallery Reception: March 29th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm | FREE
Gallery on Display: March 25th - 30th

Performances by:
Adrian LaChance – Dance
Darlene Auger – Lullaby
Ayla Modeste – Flute

Panel guests:
Barry Bilinsky, Director
Darka Tarnawsky, Executive Director, Ukrainian Shumka Dancers
Svitlana Kravchuk, Visual Artist
Adrian LaChance, Running Thunder Dancers

Facilitated by Christy Morin, Executive Director of Arts on the Ave




Earlier Event: March 28
The Carrot Coffee Friendship Club
Later Event: March 30