Sony Centre presents SHUMKA AT 50

Sony Centre For The Performing Arts presents

SHUMKA at 50!

Canada’s Ukrainian Shumka Dancers

November 25-26, 2011


The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts is pleased to present SHUMKA at 50 for two performances only, Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26, celebrating half a century of Shumka’s dance tradition in a whirlwind of colour, power and grace. SHUMKA at 50 features both retrospective and all-new works highlighting Shumka’s unique style and energy.  Performed by Shumka’s 40 talented dancers, SHUMKA at 50 is a breathtakingly powerful production celebrating the artistic evolution of traditional dance in Canada.


More than 50 years of performance history has shaped Shumka’s signature music and dance style. While maintaining deep respect for their heritage, Shumka continually challenges conventional boundaries in order to define the experience of Ukrainian dance in the context of today’s society. Canada’s only professional Ukrainian dance company, the Edmonton-based Shumka Dancers have recently returned from a 14-city tour of China with this anniversary production.


All works presented in SHUMKA at 50 feature stunning sets and costumes by Maria Levitska of Ukraine’s National Ballet and Opera; music composition, arrangement and orchestration by Yuri Shevchenko and Andriy Shoost of Kyiv, Ukraine; and music recorded in Ukraine by the 60-piece Kyiv City Opera Orchestra.


SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Toronto’s first performing arts centre, has played a defining role in the cultural life of Toronto for more than 50 years. Today, the newly renovated Sony Centre is home to a roster of national and international artists that reflect the diversity and sophistication of 21st century Toronto. In addition, the Sony Centre is dedicated to developing Toronto’s younger audiences through family programming, workshops targeted towards school-aged audiences, an under-30 membership program, and other community initiatives including an international culinary experience.


Sony Centre For The Performing Arts presents

SHUMKA at 50!

Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26, 2011


Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, Toronto

Tickets: $35-85 (plus fees)

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-855-872-SONY (7669) or online at

Discounts are available for groups of 8 or more. Call The Group Tix Company 647-438-5559 or

Toll Free 1-866-447-7849


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