A series of Zoom Conversations with Ukrainian educators, artists, and cultural ambassadors.


Organized by Mariia Bakalo, MFA student of the Department of Dance


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20 of April at 11 AM PDT
Yulia Pivtorak is an art historian and a full-time lecturer at the Department of Cultural studies in Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv. MAHumanities, New York University.


Viktor Ruban choreographer-researcher, curator, performer, educator, independent culture diplomat and culture activist. Initiator and ambassador of Ukrainian Emergency Performing ArtsFund initiative. Representative of Ukraine in the European Culture Parliament. Graduated Master in Performing arts program “Exerce 2011/13: choreographic research and performance” on the basis of National Choreographic Center and Paul-Valery University, Montpellier 3.

27 of April at 11 AM PDT  
Anton Ovchinnikov is a choreographer, performer, lecturer, and the founder and Artistic Program director of Zelyonka Fest Contemporary Dance Festival (Kyiv, Ukraine) which began in 2010. In 2005 he established the Black O!Range Dance Theatre which continues to be the vanguard of the Ukrainian dance scene.


Katya Chizhayeva is a Ukrainian American queer multidisciplinary artist. In 2022 she organized the Ukraine Wellness project to support local Ukrainian acupuncture and Feldenkrais method volunteers who work at the Lisova Polyana Military Rehabilitation Center in Kyiv, Ukraine. They offer care to the wounded Ukrainian soldiers who experience symptoms of concussions, PTSD, and physical trauma. 


A Q&A with the speakers will follow the conversation.


Sponsored by Dance Department at the University of California, Riverside.

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