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April 9 & 10, 2016, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The Ukrainian Shumka Dancers are pleased to present the world premiere of their newest work, KOBZAR.

Inspired by the words and works of eminent Ukrainian writer Taras Shevchenko, KOBZAR uses folk and character dance to bring his poignant message to the stage. A kobzar was an itinerant Ukrainian bard who sang to his own accompaniment played on a multi-stringed bandura or kobza. Kobzar is also the name of Shevchenko’s famous book of poems, often referred to as his ‘literary monument to freedom.’ Its first editions – published in 1840 - were censored by the czar, but prevailed to play a key role in galvanizing the Ukrainian identity even to this day.

Taras Shevchenko was an artist, a poet…a visionary. He was - and remains - the conscience and the voice of the Ukrainian people. In KOBZAR, Shumka wishes to honour the poet’s gift and to extend his voice through the movement, visuals and music of a dance theatre production.The vast legacy of Shevchenko’s work – specifically, the universal relevance of his words – inspired Shumka to probe not only the power of his voice in his own time, but to explore its relevance in the world today.
Basing its narrative on four ‘pillars’ of Shevchenko’s thought – Destiny, Soul, Courage and Hope – Shumka explores the timelessness of his expression. Using his powerful words as the guiding principle, this work delves into the emotional struggle of many of the world’s nations as they strive to break free from oppression and unite in hope to fulfill their destiny.

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