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Dance for Ukraine

Program

Sunday, April 10th, 2022

Thank you for being a part of our efforts to raise funds and awareness toward the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine!

 

This evening features dance performances from the Greater Lansing Academy of Dance along with dancers from Oakland University and GLBC Elements performance group, as well as musical performances from Bryce Berry, Ben Clements, and the Someko Singers.

The program run time is approximately 90 minutes.

Entrance to the Kingdom of Shades

Choreography by Marius Petipa (La Bayadere), staging by Jim McEwan

Dancers: Anastasia Babayan, Lucy Thomas, Kate Frushour, Audrey Ramsey, Julia Scarpetta, Ava Anderson, CoCo Baraburiye, Calista Bever, Kaitlyn Chamberlain, Karina Jamison, Lucy Laird, Sophia Liu, Amber Naseef, Desdemona Prince, Lynnleigh Pugmire, Paulina Rivet, Elizabeth Tang, Kylie Wymer

Grant Us Peace

Composed by Bryce Berry

Lucy Thomas, soprano

Bryce Berry, piano

This is Lea

Oakland University

Choreography by Thayer Jonutz

Dancer: Lea Purrett

Bryce Berry, piano

Game Night at the Edge of the World

Elements

Choreography by Sophie Parks

Dancers: Claire Hardie, Bella Lyon-Callo, Riley Souza

"Game Night at the Edge of the World" is an exploration of connection within crisis, inspired by situations like​ spending hours in the basement playing games with family or friends during a tornado warning or playing tic-tac-toe with preschoolers during a lockdown drill to keep them quiet. In these moments, though looking outside is frightening, there is a sense of peace in the simple enjoyment of a game and basic human connection can become just the distraction you need to get you through.

What the World Needs Now

Choreography by Alyssa Mulligan

Dancers: Audrey Ramsey and Elizabeth Tang

Hammer and Nail (excerpt)

Oakland University

Choreography by Thayer Jonutz

Dancer: Thayer Jonutz

"​Hammer and Nail" is an evening length work that was inspired by Thayer’s
experience during the pandemic shutdown. Central to the theme was a decision for Thayer to
reroof his house and use his children as his construction crew. He told them stories as they
worked from his upbringing in a roofing construction family. The process of converting the old
roof to a new one became a powerful analogy for the rebuilding of his identity throughout the
devastation of the pandemic. This excerpt is the end section of the total work.

Tropotianka

Traditional Folk Dance arranged by Kailen Berry

Dancers :  Monica Treadwell, Norah Thomas, Maddie Shaver, Elianna Cruz-Davis, Walter Hardy, Albert Hardy, Mollie Barnt, Julia Ortega, Franklin Naseef, Emily Furlong, Hannah Gentilozzi and Isabella Grabarek

Infliction

Choreography by Brayden Schmitt

Dancers: Anastasia Babayan, Kate Frushour, Audrey Ramsey, Ava Anderson, Amber Naseef, Julia Scarpetta, Calista Bever, Coco Baraburiye

Us, No, We, What?... OK.

Oakland University

Choreography by Thayer Jonutz

Dancers: Rebecca Otmanowski and Riley McClain

Sudden Elegy For the Lost

Composed by Bryce Berry

Kailen Berry, cello

Bryce Berry, piano

The Path They Told Me

Choreography by Anastasia Babayan

Dancers: Brayden Schmitt, Julia Scarpetta, Audrey Ramsey, Lucy Thomas, Ava Anderson, Elizabeth Tang, Anastasia Babayan and Kate Frushour

Earth Song

Someko Singers (Okemos High School)

Mrs. Claire Bellamy, director

Music by Frank Ticheli

Singers: Members of Someko Singers (past and present)

Deni

Choreography by Riley Moyano

Dancers: Lucy Thomas, Kate Frushour, Ava Anderson, Audrey Ramsey, Julia Scarpetta, Anastasia Babayan and Brayden Schmitt 

Together

Directed and Editted by Anastasia Babayan

Dancers: Brayden Schmitt, Lucy Thomas, Anastasia Babayan, Kate Frushour and Audrey Ramsey

In One Moment

Choreography by Jim McEwan

Dancers: Lucy Thomas, Anastasia Babayan and Brayden Schmitt

In the Meadow, a Red Kalyna

Ukranian folk song arranged by Ben Clements and Bryce Berry

Ben Clements, bass

Bryce Berry, piano

English Translation

In the meadow, there a red kalyna, has bent down low ,

For some reason, our glorious Ukraine, has been worried so.

And we'll take that red kalyna and we will raise it up,

And we, our glorious Ukraine, shall, hey - hey, cheer up - and rejoice!

And we'll take that red kalyna and we will raise it up,

And we, our glorious Ukraine, shall, hey - hey, cheer up - and rejoice!

 

Do not bend low, Oh red kalyna, You have a white flower.

Do not worry, glorious Ukraine, You have a free people.

And we'll take that red kalyna and will raise it up,

And we, our glorious Ukraine, shall, hey - hey, cheer up - and rejoice!

And we'll take that red kalyna and will raise it up,

And we, our glorious Ukraine, shall, hey - hey, cheer up - and rejoice!

 

Marching forward, our fellow volunteers, into a bloody fray,

For to free, our brother - Ukrainians, from hostile chains.

And we, our brother - Ukrainians, we will then liberate,

And we, our glorious Ukraine, shall, hey - hey, cheer up - and rejoice!

And we, our brother - Ukrainians, we will then liberate,

And we, our glorious Ukraine, shall, hey - hey, cheer up - and rejoice!

 

Oh in the field, of early spring wheat, there's a golden furrow,

Then began, the Ukrainian riflemen to, engage the enemy,

And we'll take, that precious, early wheat and will gather it,

And we, our glorious Ukraine, shall, hey - hey, cheer up - and rejoice!

And we'll take, that precious, early wheat and will gather it,

And we, our glorious Ukraine, shall, hey - hey, cheer up - and rejoice!

 

When the stormy winds blow forth from the wide steppes,

They will glorify, through out Ukraine, the Sich riflemen.

And we'll take the glory of the riflemen preserving it,

And we, our glorious Ukraine, shall, hey - hey, cheer up - and rejoice!

And we'll take the glory of the riflemen preserving it,

And we, our glorious Ukraine, shall, hey - hey, cheer up - and rejoice!

Hopak!

Traditional Folk Dance, Choreography by Jim McEwan

Dancers: Anastasia Babayan, Lucy Thomas, Kate Frushour, Audrey Ramsey, Julia Scarpetta, Ava Anderson, CoCo Baraburiye, Vivian Goluska, Karina Jamison, Lucy Laird, Sophia Liu, Amber Naseef, Desdemona Prince, Paulina Rivet, Elizabeth Tang, Kylie Wymer, Evyatar Doron, Alexander Goluska, Daniel Newcombe, Brayden Schmitt

 

Thanks to Everyone who so generously donated their time, efforts, and energies to making this production possible!

Special thanks to

Okemos Choir Someko Singers

Oakland University

GLBC Elements

Ben Clements