Ancestors and Elders Returns for One Show

The Ukrainian Shumka Dancers Lesia (Natalia Usenka) and Kohkum (Darlene P. Auger) in the production of Ancestors and Elders. Marc J. Chalifoux

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Shumka’s Ancestors & Elders returns to the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Ave), for one show only, March 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm.

Premiered in April of 2018, this collaborative production explores the relationship between the first Ukrainian settlers to Alberta and the Indigenous people they soon came to know. Similarities and differences. Fear and respect. The power of tradition and truth…

Behind the Scenes of Ancestors & Elders – Video by Blue Toque Productions

Ancestors & Elders is directed by Indigenous theatre artist Barry Bilinsky, and Shumka’s Joseph Hoffman. The production features a creative team of over 70 Alberta-based designers, artists, story-tellers, musicians and dancers including: story consultation and poetry by Anna Marie Sewell; music by Carissa Klopoushak (TYT I TAM; National Arts Centre Orchestra), Mike Romaniak (Lemon Bucket Orchestra) and Anders Hunter (Eya Hey Nakoda); visual art by Lana Whiskeyjack and Svitlana Kravchuk; costume design by Megan Koshka, with consultation by Melissa-Jo (MJ) Belcourt Moses, Trinity Chopyk and MaryAnn Baziuk; lighting design by Jeff Osterlin; projection design by Elijah Lindenberger; along with guest performances by Running Thunder Dancers, Darlene Auger, Ayla Modeste and more.

“What a brilliant and excellent weaving of cultures so powerful at times I could barely breathe. I was transported into an emotional and sacred and beautiful healing of reconciliation. Thank you Thank you.” – Opening Night Audience Member

Tickets for Ancestors & Elders are $25 – $70 (plus applicable service & facility fees) and go on sale Friday, January 4 at 10 am through Student, senior and group discounts are available.

Two special Student Matinee performances will take place on March 7 at 10 am and 1 pm. Tickets are available through

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