Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company comes to RIC Nov. 10

Photo: © CAMI

Photo: © CAMI
Experience the romance and passion of the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company in a RIC Performing Arts Series event on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall.

The company is famous for its unique ability to unify content and form. Its vivid colors and style embrace the beauty of Ukraine and the folk tradition of humor and optimism.

Founded by Pavlo Virsky and Mikola Bolotov in 1937, the company was led by Virsky until his death in 1975. Myroslav Vantukh, Virsky’s student and an expert in folk traditions and ethnography, has led the ensemble since 1980. His continuing quest is the careful preservation and development of folk choreographic art.

The Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company is well known around the world, having performed in over 60 countries.

A 2004 New York Times article said of the company: “Any dance lover will appreciate the eye-opening level of technique that remains undiminished since the company first came here in the 1970s. Vigor and power go with amazing lightness.”

Tickets for The Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company are $35, with discounts for seniors, RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni, and children. For your convenience, tickets can be purchased in advance via Visa or MasterCard by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at; or at the Roberts Hall Box Office, which will open for sales two hours prior to performance start time.