The Donbas Honoured Song and Dance Company is just one of the national artists touring as part of the Talents of Ukraine

The Donbas Honoured Song and Dance Company is just one of the national artists touring as part of the Talents of Ukraine

Cultural tradition comes alive

Donbas Dance Company

Expect exciting hopak leaps, and the colour, sights and sounds of Ukrainian dance and culture, when the Donbas dance company and other talents visit Vernon, Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Sponsored by the Ukrainian ministry of culture, Boen Arts presents the Talents of Ukraine at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre, featuring a cast of 40 extraordinary performers in the first ever cross Canada tour by Donbas, the honoured song and dance company of Ukraine.

The music, song, dance and theatre performance is an unforgettable journey of 120 years in Canada.

Commemorating the arrival of Ukrainian settlers to Canada more than a century ago, Donbas celebrates its native land with a repertoire of beautiful choreography set to lyrical rhythms.

“Enchanting audiences worldwide, this ensemble brings an infusion of music, dance and theatre in a kaleidoscope reflective of the rich history and cultural landscape of Ukraine,” said Stephanie Loo De Nevers, who is doing the publicity for the Vernon show.

Donbas began its creative roots in 1937 in the city of Donestk.

From their first steps, the dancers have fascinated audiences with bright spectacle brimming with emotion, musical rhythm, national colour, artistic talent and skilled performers.

Lyric tenderness of the Donbas region, Cossack courage, a girl’s sincerity and kindness are exemplified in the concert program.

The cross-country tour will also feature European recording artist and violinist, Innesa Tymochko.

A life-long student of musicology, this multi-award winning musician has dedicated her life to studying the violin and started lessons at the age of six with the legendary Halyna Ivanina Kuij.

Tymochko achieved high honours at the Lviv Musical Conservatory in 2001, and pursued her studies under internationally recognized and virtuoso violinist Thierry Fischer in Hanover, Germany.

Drawn to traditional Ukrainian roots, Tymochko developed a fusion style that combines traditional Ukrainian folk genre on the classical violin.

The blending of rich Ukrainian melodies with classical performances has captivated audiences and has also gained recognition from both classical and traditional critics.

“The complexity of classical music requires a true musician to understand the extensive history behind the music and ceaselessly convey the intricacies of it to the listener,” said Tymochko, who has received scores of awards, certificates of recognition and won laureate status among her peers.

“If the audience is captured by the music and appreciates what is performed, the musician has truly been successful.”

Accompanying Tymochko and the legendary Donbas professional dancers on this tour include  tenor Yevhen Vaskin and multi-award winning actress and singer Svitlana Sasu.

Tickets for Talents of Ukraine, which starts at 7:30 p.m., are $62 for adult, $57 for senior/student, $39 for children 12 and under, available at the Ticket Seller box office, www.ticketseller.ca or call 250-549-7469. The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre is collecting food bank donations now through December. If you’re coming to a show or buying tickets at the box office, consider bringing a non-perishable item.