Hot on the heels of their 2011 sojourn to Bulgaria, where Edmonton’s Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company was named the Absolute European Champion of Folklore for 2011, the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company’s return to Ukraine has yielded wide acclaim for the company and its Artistic Director, while the dancers experienced an unexpected emotional rollercoaster.
The 18 day trip to Ukraine included a master class with the professional state ensemble “Virsky” and joint performances and workshops with two of Ukraine’s top western regional folkdance ensembles.
Cheremosh’s presence in Ukraine was met with national media attention. Ukrainian audiences were thrilled with the high level of Cheremosh’s performances, the exquisite costumes, and the love and dedication to Ukrainian dance outside of Ukraine.
Myroslav Vantukh, the Artistic Director of the Virsky Ensemble, Ukraine’s professional national folkdance company, acknowledged this when he presented Cheremosh’s Artistic Director, Mykola Kanevets, with the Virsky Medal for Mykola’s contribution to creating a high level of Ukrainian dance outside of Ukraine. Mykola is the 67th recipient of the Virsky Medal and the first non-resident of Ukraine to receive this prestigious honour.
“Cheremosh Canada” also met and performed with “Cheremosh L’viv” at a show that was billed as a “Dance Battle” between the two Cheremoshes. Watch the video report here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Bll4hbLXNX0