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Koliada with Nina and Tonia Matvienko

Shumka Dancers Gala
November 17, Saturday 6:30 PM
Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton
tickets: (780) 455-9559 or

Sent outside to look for the first star on Christmas Eve, a girl wonders, “when was the first star ever?” She hears the ancient Koliada winter song, “Before the World Began” and witnesses the creation of the cosmos. When she runs in to tell her busy mom, she’s told to invite everyone to dinner. Just as they do in the Carpathians, she invites the storms, wolves, bears and sorcerers. They come down to dance with her.

Produced by Yara Arts Group
and Shumka Ukrainian Dancers

Conceived Virlana Tkacz
Created & Directed by Virlana Tkacz & Dave Ganert Choreographed by Dave Ganert

Nina & Tonia Matvienko
with Luba Bilash and Shumka Dancers
Bandura music: Julian Kytasty
Hutsul music: Mykola Ilyuk, Olena Kostyuk, Ostap Kostyuk, Vasyl Tymchuk & Ivan Zelenchuk

projections: Mikhail Shraga
images and video shot by Alexander Khantatev, Virlana Tkacz, Mikhail Shraga and Volodymyr Klyuzko.
English translation by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps in consultation with Lesia Turyanska
Wooden bowls made by Ivan Matyshchuk in the village of Richka in the Carpathians.

Koliada was made possible with the funding assistance from the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and the Kule Center for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore at the University of Alberta.

Translation of a Koliada or winter song

Related Events in December 2012

Saturday, Dec 8, 7:30 PM & Sunday, Dec 9, 2:30 PM
Koliada and Music from the Carpathians
Ukrainian Museum 222 East 6th St, New York City

Saturday, Dec 15, 7:30PM
Koliada and Music from the Carpathians
Ukrainian League of Philadelphia, 800 N. 23rd Street, Philadelphia

Thursday, Dec 27, 7:30 PM
Friday, Dec 28, 7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 29, 7:30 PM
Sunday, Dec 30, 2:30 PM
Midwinter Night: Koliada, Vertep and Malanka
La MaMa Theatre, 66 East 4th St, New York

About the Koliadnyky of Kryvorivnia

"In Search of the Hutsul Koliada of Kryvorivnia" by Virlana Tkacz


Virlana Tkacz on the Hutsul Koliada and Yara Arts Group
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Oct 16, 2012

Yara Works with Hutsul Traditional Music
Ethno Club at Dzyga, Lviv, Sept 11, 2012


Photographs by K.kava. Graphic by Mikhail Shraga Copyright (c)2012 Yara Arts Group; all rights reserved.

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