The Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble hosts its 16th annual Okanagan Ukrainian Festival with special guests, Sunday, May 31 at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.
This year’s dance theatre production is called, The Magic Wheat Stalk, inspired by the book, A Garland of Legends and Folk Tales from Ukraine by Oleksandra Stratiy.
“This musical play is drawn from the rich history and cultural traditions of Ukrainian people and reflects the love of Ukrainian heritage,” said Sadok’s artistic director Andrea Malysh. “From the colourful sunflowers to the springtime blossoms, the stage is filled with the magic that the giant wheat stalk brings to the dancers.”
The story and costumes reflect the various regions of Ukraine, from the majestic Carpathian Mountains to the golden wheat fields of Poltava.
“The audience will delight in the beauty of the Ukrainian dance, music and magic which weaves this tale,” said Malysh.
Joining Sadok will be the Argyll School of Performing Arts, who will perform a number, choreographed by Argyll’s Janet Hackman, called A Tribute to St. Andrew, as both the Scottish and Ukrainians share the same patron saint. Also on the bill are Kamloops’ Pokotillo Ukrainian Dancers and Kelowna’s Dolyna Ukrainian Dancers.
The event starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are at the Ticket Seller, 549-7469.