"Ancestors and Elders" Co-directors speak on the importance of Truth and Reconciliation.

"Two cultures. Different legacies. New connections"

On March 6th, 2019, Co-directors Joseph Hoffman and Barry Bilinsky from Shumka's "Ancestors and Elders" sit down with Lance Cardinal and share their perspectives on the Ukranian/Indigenous relationship and what it means to reconciliation in Canada.

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About the show:

Shumka presents Ancestors & Elders… exploring the power of tradition and truth. In a world premiere production featuring a cast of Shumka Dancers and multidisciplinary Indigenous artists, we share a story of the first Ukrainian newcomers to Canada, exploring the shared values and respected differences between these hopeful settlers and the First Nations people they encounter in a new land.

Survival, for both Indigenous and Ukrainian immigrant people in Alberta, often meant silence: lost stories and connections between our communities help us all survive tremendous loss and struggle. We use dance to begin to break that silence; to remember those who came before us, the traditions they instilled, and the truths they endured.

Ancestors & Elders is directed by Indigenous theatre artist Barry Bilinsky and Shumka’s Joseph Hoffman, with a creative team of over 100 Alberta-based designers, artists, story-tellers, musicians and dancers.



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