Shumka Ukrainian Dancers
October 5 & 6, 2018
Mosquito's Wedding (All We Need Is Love) is a new
production inspired by a traditional Ukrainian folk song.
The 50-minute family-focused dance theatre production will
feature a number of insect characters from various
"regions" of Ukraine. The dance lexicon, musical
compositions, and sets, costumes and props will be
associated with these ethnographic regions. The theme of
the production is poignant, being one of acceptance,
diversity, and overcoming stereotypes.
The project will also include a Study Guide for use by
teachers and students that focuses on curriculum-specific
themes and activities. Developed by Shumka's Education
Committee, made up of current and retired educators, all
Shumka Study Guides follow the Alberta Education
The production will be presented in Student Matinee
settings and regular public performances.
Mosquito's Wedding is being directed by Les Sereda, with
consultation by John Pichlyk.
Choreographers include Les Sereda, John Pichlyk, Tasha
Orysiuk, Paul Olijnyk, and Joseph Hoffman. Music is by
Andriy Shoost, with costumes by Anna Ipatieva and sets by
Andrii Zlobin of Ukraine. Local designers Eli Lindenberger,
Jeff Osterlin and Randall Fraser, are bringing their
expertise in the area of projections, lighting and
tickets through TICKETMASTER