“Absolutely Shumka is strikingly daring, as the dance troupe steps nimbly beyond it’s Ukrainian roots and classical ballet.” – Ottawa Citizen
“One doesn’t just watch the Shumka Dancers – they are absolutely thrilling to experience. Their dash and vigour, their number and harmony, their sheer joy of dance…make them unquestionably unique.” – Veronica Tennant, Producer, former Principal – National Ballet of Canada
This dynamic group of dancers has been described as “A truly remarkable Canadian arts story” that has energized and thrilled audiences wherever they have performed. In the last two year’s Shumka’s busy schedule has taken them from Toronto’s Hummingbird Centre to Victoria and back again to bring their special dance excitement to the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala in Ottawa.
“Absolutely Shumka” is a mega-dance extravaganza offering a rich, high-energy dance tapestry of “the best of Shumka” in one program. You will be enchanted by the lyricism of young maidens, be moved to laughter by comic cobblers, spell-bound by whirling gypsies, and swept to your feet by the virtousic spectacle of Shumka’s famous Hopak finale.
“Absolutely Shumka” has something for all ages. An unforgettable event with music composed by Ukraine’s award winning Yuri Shevchenko and magnificent sets and costumes created by Maria Levitska of the National Opera of Ukraine.