Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble promotes artistic exchange and dialogue between Ukrainians and the global community through dance. The company’s performances combine Ukrainian and American aesthetics, drawing upon classical, contemporary, and folkloric dance forms to create meaningful, transcultural experiences. Center-funded projects include Steppes (2008), a production danced to live music by master violinist Vasyl Popadiuk and his band Papa Duke; and Carnival (2011), a world premiere work by renowned choreographer Mark Morris, in collaboration with the Ukrainian Virsky Dance Ensemble. In 2017, Voloshky received a Center Discovery grant to research Crimean Tatar choreographic practices, with the goal of incorporating Crimean choreography into its company repertoire.
Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble will research Crimean Tatar choreographic practices, with the goal of incorporating Crimean choreography into its company repertoire. Voloshky’s artistic director, dancers, and a Crimean Tatar cultural leader from the US will travel to Lviv, Ukraine to work with indigenous Crimean Tatar choreographers who are currently living in internally-displaced-person neighborhoods, after fleeing the invasion of Crimea. Voloshky’s mission is to promote artistic exchange and dialogue between Ukrainians and the global community through dance. For this project, they will convene a series of master classes and sohbets—the Tatar word for a historical, artistic philosophical discussion—to fully immerse the company in the distinct mystical and aesthetic characteristics that form the movement vocabulary of a culture that has been geographically displaced for many generations. Following the research trip, the company will hold a symposium in Philadelphia to share its findings and to foster a deeper understanding of Crimean Tatar culture.
Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.