Olenka Toroshenko – I AM ROOT
Performance time: 2:00pm – 3:10pm
Show duration: 70 Minutes
Olenka Toroshenko is a Ukrainian Canadian artist, writer and producer whose life is in service to a saner, meaningful existence. She is a multidisciplinary performer whose mediums include spoken word poetry, dance, clown, song, storytelling, butoh and ritual performance art. Issues of cultural preservation and death are common themes of her work.
Performing her theater show ‘I am Root’, an exploration of Toroshenko’s Ukrainian and Canadian ancestry through an eclectic mix of Ukrainian poetry, storytelling, dance, comedy and even cooking. It’s a deep and playful ritual performance piece that explores life, death, Ukrainian culture and Vegemite.
“Toroshenko is a natural story-teller, stripping back the lighting, sound and props to allow the message to be delivered in a direct way.” – John Goodridge, The AU Review