UKRAINIAN DANCERS & FOLK CHOIR
Edmonton’s Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir have taken their place among the major performing ensembles of Canada, by infusing the folk art of traditional Ukrainian dance and song with modern themes. Their vibrant presentations preserve traditional Ukrainian cultural elements while introducing a contemporary flair.
Over the sixteen-year history of the group, the direction has evolved. Under the Dance Directorship of Tasha Orysiuk, Viter has attracted talented dancers with diverse training. The skill of the dancers has allowed the innovative choreographers to expand the performance horizons while maintaining their cultural underpinnings.
Viter’s performances were further enhanced when Choral Director Lesia Pohoreski assembled a group of Ukrainian folk singers with extensive stage experience. The result is a group of choristers and musicians who interact with the dancers, creating an entertaining and harmonious blend of storytelling.
Since its inception, Viter has endeavoured to share their productions with appreciative audiences in Edmonton, across Canada, and around the world. In the summer of 2010 the ensemble performed to enthusiastic audiences in Brazil and Argentina and are proud to have returned last summer, for the fourth time, to the homeland of their forefathers where they performed in sold-out theatres and learned from the masters of Ukrainian dance and folk music in Kyiv, Odessa, Chernivtsi and Lviv, Ukraine.
Viter is proud to be performing at this year’s Pysanka festival, and would like to congratulate everyone who has worked hard over the past 40 years to make the festival what it is today!