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Ukrainian Shumka Dancers Presents: Ancestors & Elders

© Marc J Chalifoux Photography 2018

Ancestors and Elders

The full stage performance of Ancestors & Elders – a dance production that tells the story of the first Ukrainian settlers in Alberta and their relationship with the Indigenous people of Treaty 6 territory they encountered. The work features Canada’s Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and the renowned Running Thunder Cree Dancers and Drummers, both based in Edmonton.


Dancing on Eggshells

A documentary on the making of Shumka’s Ancestors & Elders, which follows Indigenous theatre artist Barry Bilinsky and Shumka choreographer and dancer Joseph Hoffman. The documentary focuses on the artists’ creative process as they navigate the difficulties of uniting their respective stories, while dancing around 150 years of cultural baggage.


Canada 2019, Dir:  Leslie Sereda & Steve Glassman, 113 min


September 17, 2019
7:00 pm