Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company Coming to River Campus



Oct. 2, 2009 – The Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company’s performance at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will captivate the audience with the excitement and splendor of the Ukrainian culture. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center.

This renowned folk dance ensemble is famous for its bright colors, unity of content and form, and vivid embodiment of its stage concept. The Virsky has embraced the beauty of its native Ukraine, the wisdom of its people and the folk tradition of humor and optimism. Each and every 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.

“You shouldn’t think of this as just any show,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director at the River Campus. “It’s more a spectacle, combining ethnic music, beautiful costumes, and dynamic moves. Anyone of Eastern European descent will see a bit of their heritage. Everyone else will see a splash of the wider world. It’s a truly amazing performance – another example of Southeast’s commitment to bring world-famous artists to the people of the region.”

Ukrainian ballet-masters Pavlo Virsky and Mykola Bolotov founded the ensemble in 1937 from a group of folk dancers. Under Virsky’s guidance from 1955 to 1975, the ensemble matured into a highly professional dance company whose art has won the hearts of countless reviewers and the general public around the world.

Myroslav Vantukh, Virsky’s student and an expert in folk traditions and ethnography, has led the ensemble since 1980. Vantukh’s continuing creative quest is the careful preservation and development of folk art. First-class performance, expressiveness of the artists, exquisite moves and the bright palette of costumes are characteristic features of the new numbers Vantukh has entered into the ensemble’s repertoire.

Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at, keyword “Virsky” or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.