DZVINKA Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble @ Venables Theatre

Event Dates:
  • Sat May 25, 2024 7:00 PM
  • Event Cost: 40

In the heart of Ukrainian culture, where tradition dances hand in hand with passion, there exists a legacy that spans half a century. Welcome to the jubilant celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.  Since its inception in 1973, Tryzub has stood as a beacon of artistic excellence, a symphony of spirited footwork and colorful costumes that tell the story of Ukraine’s rich heritage.

“Dzvinka,” Tryzub’s 50th Anniversary Show, is a unique 2-hour stage production that unveils over one hour of original music, composed and recorded amidst the shadows of war in Ukraine. Featuring new elaborate costumes crafted in Ukraine, the mesmerizing choreography takes audiences on a riveting journey encompassing excitement, anticipation, laughter, and moments of despair.

The first half of the show introduces an original storyline centered around Ukrainian folk hero Oleksa Dovbush—an outlaw, a hero to the people, and leader of the Opryshky. The second half navigates through the diverse regions of Ukraine, showcasing the delicate balance between intricate technique, colorful costumes, the grace and beauty of our female dancers, and the strength, determination, and gravity-defying tricks of our male dancers.
Despite formidable challenges, the costumes, created in Ukraine, brave the shutdown of Ukrainian airspace due to Russia’s war. Transported by van out of the country and then flown to Canada from neighboring nations, they embody resilience amid adversity. As Russian military targets museums, theaters, and historical sites; orchestra musicians, scattered and forced to record in school classrooms, join hands with Tryzub in crafting original works like “Dzvinka.”

As a result of war in Ukraine, two non-profit organizations were drawn together with the common goal of supporting Ukrainian Newcomer families.  Tryzub has had the privilege of bringing its legacy of Ukrainian Arts and Culture experience to work together with the new and vibrant Ukraine Nightingale Project to raise over $150,000 for Ukrainian Newcomers in Western Canada.  With little to no overhead or administrative costs, we have made a difference in the lives of families fleeing war in Ukraine seeking safe refuge in Canada.