Tyrzub Ukrainian Dance Society presents DZVINKA

Tyrzub Ukrainian Dance Society presents DZVINKA - September 28th 2024, Saturday, 7:00 PM

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In the heart of Ukrainian culture, where tradition dances hand in hand with passion; Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble presents, “DZVINKA” - Ukraine’s Robin Hood Story.

In the heart of Ukrainian culture, where tradition dances hand in hand with passion, there exists a legacy that spans half a century. Welcome to the jubilant celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Society. Since its inception in 1974, Tryzub has stood as a beacon of artistic excellence, a symphony of spirited footwork and colorful costumes that tell the story of Ukraine’s rich heritage.

“DZVINKA,” Tryzub’s 50th Anniversary Show, is a unique 2-hour stage production that unveils over one hour of original music, composed and recorded amidst the shadows of war in Ukraine. Featuring new elaborate costumes crafted in Ukraine, the mesmerizing choreography takes audiences on a riveting journey encompassing excitement, anticipation, laughter, and moments of despair.

The first half of the show introduces an original storyline centered around Ukrainian folk hero Oleksa Dovbush—an outlaw, a hero to the people, and leader of the Opryshky. The second half navigates through the diverse regions of Ukraine, showcasing the delicate balance between intricate technique, colorful costumes, the grace and beauty of our female dancers, and the strength, determination, and gravity-defying tricks of our male dancers.

Despite formidable challenges, the costumes and music were created in Ukraine by brave individuals. As a result of the shutdown of Ukrainian airspace due to Russia’s war, the costumes were transported by van out of the country and then flown to Canada from neighbouring nations. These costumes embody resilience amid adversity. As Russian military targets museums, theaters, and historical sites, orchestra musicians, scattered and forced to record in school classrooms, join hands with Tryzub in crafting original works like “DZVINKA.”