Eve of Kupalo - a midsummer’s night mystery masque
Kupalo, Mandarin, Ivana Kupala, midsummer solstice, ritual, masque, Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, folk dance, Canadian dance, contemporary Ukrainian dance, Maria Levitska, Robert Shannon, Randall Fraser
Video performance excerpts from a 2011 live performance edited for a tour to China of Eve of Kupalo - a Midsummer’s Night Mystery Masque. This dance theatre work was conceived and directed by Gordon Gordey for The Ukrainian Shumka Dancers of Canada. Eve of Kupalo – a Midsummer’s Night Mystery Masque premiered at the 2,700 seat Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on March 19, 2009. Since then it toured across Canada and toured to China, where it played 22 performances in major theatres in 14 cities carrying the Kupalo metaphor of the spirituality of renewal, ritual, and love.
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