8th Annual Booking Dance Festival
The 2017 Voloshky discovery project will explore Crimean Tatar choreography for consideration in Voloshky’s repertoire.
Rooted in indigenous culture, Crimean Tatar choreography is nothing like other works in Voloshky’s repertoire. This will be the first time an American-Ukrainian organization will work collaboratively with indigenous Crimean Tatars at the source, to discover and identify choreographic practices and legacies in order to become more knowledgeable for the next phase of work – to incorporate Crimean choreography into Voloshky’s repertoire with integrity.
Voloshky artistic Director Taras Lewyckyj will work with Ayla Bakkalli to assemble meetings with leading Crimean Tatar cultural artists in Ukraine to explore and plan for a comprehensive artistic collaboration in 2018. Ayla Bakkalli is an executive member of the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, an advisor to the Ukrainian permanent UN Mission on Indigenous Matters, and the U.S. representative of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis.
On March 14, 2017, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) announced grants to 12 dance and 10 music ensembles from across the United States to support their engagements in 17 countries around the globe through the 2017 USArtists International (USAI) program.
Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble is proud to announce that with MAAF support, the company will travel to Ukraine this summer to conduct artistic and humanitarian initiatives together with the Ukrainian Federation of America (UFA). The trip will be timed to coincide with the Lviv Ukrainian Dance Festival and a healthcare convention organized by the UFA.
Voloshky needs your help to make this Ukraine initiative a success. While the prestigious MAAF grant allows for 4 artists to travel to Ukraine, Voloshky intends to send 25 artists. We are looking to raise an additional $75,000.
Please consider generously supporting this cause!
Your contribution is fully tax-deductible as allowed by law under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Below is a link to a video that I produced with filmmaker Henry Nevison. The song is recorded in Philadelphia at a performance I produced in September 2012. The musical artists are from Kirovohrad. The musical arrangement and words were created thru a commissioned by Voloshky.
It is a presentation of Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and The Ukrainian Federation of America to the people at EuroMaidan.
Pray for Ukraine! We Shall Overcome…
Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble