'A fairytale of love, loss ...and a mysterious blue fox'. That's the intriguing byline for Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company's exciting new production KAZKA, set to entertain audiences in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney in April and May.
KAZKA is an original folk ballet, inspired by traditional Ukrainian fairytales. Artistic Director Melanie Moravski Dechnicz, together with her creative and dedicated team of composers, costumiers and set designers, has been working tirelessly on this exciting new production for well over a year now.
In producing KAZKA, Melanie aims to present a new and unique full-length folk ballet that will captivate and engage Ukrainian, Australian and international audiences alike. For Lehenda's 39 dancers, it will provide an extraordinary opportunity to showcase traditional Ukrainian dance and folklore in a fresh and creative way, the likes of which have never before been seen on an Australian stage.
KAZKA is the creation of a group of mostly young Australian Ukrainians: Melanie Moravski Dechnicz – Choreography, Symon Kohut – story, Nicholas Buc – music, Stephan Moravski – set design, Natalia Moravski – costume design and Keith Clark – lighting design.
Apart from staging the production in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, Lehenda will tour North America with KAZKA, with performances in Toronto, Chicago, Wilmington (near Philadelphia) and New York in June and July. The international tour will conclude at the Soyuzivka Heritage Centre, where the ensemble has been invited to perform selected pieces at the largest Ukrainian Cultural Festival in the USA.
Making KAZKA a reality has been a passionate undertaking by a team of around 60 individuals, who have come together voluntarily with a common vision to promote our rich culture and heritage through dance.
A significant number of plastuny are involved in the production of KAZKA including:
Dancers: Lydia Wasilenko, Marichka Bakay, Maryana Kasyan, Nadia Levkut, Katia Oversby, Alexander Dechnicz, Jarema Pryslak, Bohdan Myroniuk, Hanya Oversby
Music: Nicholas Buc
Story: Symon Kohut
Production Manager: Alexander Dechnicz
Costumes: Maria Popowycz, Romana Hiluta, Taiisa Moskaljuk, Katya Slipetsky, Marie Rostek, Larissa Radion
Sets & props: George Fedyszyn, Daniela Fedyszyn, Daniel Magalas, Eva Abbinga
Sound & Lights operators: Stephan Chomyn, Tanya Pyk
Tour Admin: Alexander Dechnicz, Larissa Radion
Sponsors: Plast NSW, Plast – KPS Australia
KAZKA will be performed as follows:
Adelaide – Saturday 18th April at the Scott Theatre, Adelaide University
Melbourne – Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May at the National Theatre, St Kilda
Sydney – Saturday 16th May at NIDA Theatres, Parade Theatre
Toronto – Mon 29th June, Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga
Chicago – Thurs 2nd July, North Shore Centre for the Performing Arts, Skokie
Wilmington – Tues 7th July, Copeland Hall, Grand Opera House, Wilmington
New York – Thurs 9th July, Skirball Centre for Performing Arts, New York City
Ticket bookings at lehenda.com.au/kazkabookings
Youth under 18 years of age can go into the running to win two tickets to see KAZKA as part of the Lehenda Legacy Program - aimed at introducing Ukrainian Dance and making it accessible to all youth. Lehenda encourages all to enjoy Ukrainian Dance as a participant or as an audience member.
To enter, post an image of yourself in your favourite Ukrainian Dance pose (costume optional) to the Lehenda Facebook page