The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause: Folk Dance, Film, and the Life of Vasile Avramenko

(Studies in Immigration and Culture Book 11)

51hl8-RVSAL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author Orest T. Martynowych
Isbn 9780887557682
File size 6MB
Year 2014
Pages 240
Language English
File format PDF
Category Biography

Book Description:

“Vasile Avramenko today enjoys legendary status as an impresario and populizer of Ukrainian dance. […] This study is indispensable reading for understanding how popular art forms developed in North America―particularly for seeing how the local and ‘ethnic’ intersected with the commercial and ‘mainstream.’”

“Martynowych has produced a well-balanced work, but more importantly it is the only source that depicts Vasile Avramenko without a heavily sugar-coated framework. Martynowych debunks a national myth that was carefully nurtured within his own community, and one can only marvel at the risk he and the University of Manitoba Press were taking with its publication. While it might shock some readers to find out that the dance master was a only a modestly talented choreographer (according to later performance expectations) and a deluded, envious, and egotistic character, I find this publication also makes Avramenko more real and more human.”


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