Tomorrow night for one night only in Toronto the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance company performs at Roy Thomson Hall, and good seats are still available!
Named after Pavlo Virsky — who, with fellow Ukrainian ballet master Mykola Bolotov, brought together a group of folk dancers in 1937 — this magnificent artistic group is famous for its bright colors, the unity of content and form and the vivid embodiment of its stage concept. Each and every performance is a romantic, elevated, passionate and exciting show inundated in the folk tradition of humor and optimism. Virsky headed the ensemble from 1955 to 1975, guiding it to become a highly professional dance company whose diverse concert programs have been warmly received by audiences all over the world.
Myroslav Vantukh, Virsky’s disciple, has been in charge of the ensemble since 1980. An expert in folk traditions, his main objective, and continuing creative quest, is the careful preservation of folk choreographic art, as well as the development of new numbers to the repertoire such as “The Carpathians,” “The Tambourine Dance,” “The Young Years,” “In Peace and Harmo” and “The Russian Suite.”
One Shelby Township resident in particular is looking forward to the performance. From age 5 years old to 15, Yuliya Koval traveled an hour each way from her home in Kiev to the Virsky studio to attend its choreographic school for children, becoming a member of its children’s ensemble Barvinok. She recalls the discipline, the beautiful costumes, the pride in belonging to such an esteemed group and the choreography which she calls “the best of the east, central and western traditions.”
You can also read all about Virsky’s recent tour of the US.