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Ukrainian dance companies collaborate on diverse show

By Brittany Duggan

The Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company of Edmonton, the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Calgary and the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Winnipeg recently collaborated to present “Razom: A Fusion of Ukrainian Dance”. The evening-length performance featured nearly 100 dancers and was the result of discussions among the companies’ artistic directors to deliver a show that highlighted the different Ukrainian theatrical dance styles that are evolving across the Canadian prairies. “Western Canada is home to a number of the largest and well-established Ukrainian dance organizations in Canada – so it seemed a perfect fit to join forces to develop this fusion of dance. This is the first time ever, that three major Ukrainian dance companies have come together under one banner to present such a diverse program,” said Senior Producer Lawrence Prout in a press release. Starting in Edmonton on September 26th, the third and final show was held on November 1st in Winnipeg.

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