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VIRSKY UKRAINIAN NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY AT GMU'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

September 29, 2009
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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VIRSKY UKRAINIAN NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 28, 2009“Here is bravura dancing at its greatest,” raves The New York Times about this renowned folk ensemble known for its masterful dance prowess, infectious enthusiasm and vibrantly colored costumes. The Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company has toured around the world, celebrating the passion and beauty of its native Ukraine – the wisdom of its people and their folk traditions – with humor and optimism. These professionally trained artists from Kiev perform spirited dances reflecting the geographic and cultural diversity of Ukraine. The Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company performs at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Each and every Virsky performance is a romantic, elevated, passionate and exciting show. The ensemble’s diverse concert programs presenting the exquisite charm of Ukrainian folk dancing and the wealth of its traditions have been warmly received by audiences all over the world. The program begins with “Ukraine, My Ukraine!” a traditional greeting dance that encompasses the vast regions of the Ukraine. It is followed by a well-known dance for spectators, “Povzunets” (Cossack Playful Dance), a light-hearted jaunt that demonstrates the technical ability of the performers with impressive tricks and amazing technical mastery. After the intermission, the company performs “Moriaky” (Sailors), a dance that churns like the foam of the hollow sea and evokes the characteristic qualities of sailors - endurance and durability. The program would not be complete without the “Hopak” (Hopping Dance). With its incredible choreography, it is the quintessential Ukrainian art form and a fitting way to end this spectacular program. This incredible company leaves audiences spellbound! The Washington Post describes Virsky as “crowd-pleasing by leaps and bounds.”

The company was formed in 1937, when renowned Ukrainian ballet-masters Pavlo Virsky and Mykola Bolotov brought together a group of folk dancers. From 1955 to 1975, Pavlo Virsky headed the ensemble, and his exceptional talent was brilliantly implemented in the performances of the company. Under his guidance, the ensemble matured into a highly professional dance company whose art has won the hearts of numerous critics and audiences around the world.

Myroslav Vantukh, Pavlo Virsky’s disciple and an expert in folk traditions and ethnography has been in charge of the ensemble since 1980. His main objective and continuing creative quest is the careful preservation and development of folk choreographic art. The ensemble has toured across Europe, South America, China and the United States. The press has been unanimous about the high artistic and professional qualities of the company. It may seem that the peak of accomplishment and professionalism has been reached, but under the direction of Myroslav Vantukh, the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company continues to create delightful new dances to encourage the people of the world to learn more about Ukraine.

Tickets for VIRSKY UKRAINIAN NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY are $43, $38, $23. Family Friendly!  All children, 12 and under, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

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