The Ethnic Dance Theatre is known for traditional presentations of the vibrant colors, vivid movements and enchanting sounds of various international dance and music cultures, and this year's show, Black Sea Treasures, will not disappoint.
Artistic Director Donald La Course and John Omorean from the Twin Cities' Izvorasul Romanian Dance Ensemble will create choreography for "Black Sea Treasures". Five new works will be premiered, and four works from the EDT repertoire will be revived for this concert. La Course will stage Acharuli Gandagana from Georgia, Timonya from Russia and Cossack Dances from Ukraine. Omorean’s new pieces come from Transylvania and Oltenia in Romania, and a revival of a piece from Muntenia, with haunting violins and lightning footwork. Revivals will be La Course’s Varnenski Tanci from Bulgaria, Rize Horon from Turkey, and Iron Kaft from the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia.
“Musically, ‘Black Sea Treasures’ will be a spectacular show,” La Course said. In addition to the acclaimed EDT Folk Orchestra, performing all the musical sets, “Black Sea Treasures” will feature the multi-faceted vocal talents of Mila Vocal Ensemble. "Having musicians and singers with this level of talent is a remarkable gift to our community,” La Course said. Through the performance, the audience will be exposed to music and dance forms that traverse the myriad ethnographic regions of the globe.