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I am Root


March 25, 2023 1:30 pm

Arts Mildura Hub, Langtree Avenue

Olenka Toroshenko – I AM ROOT

What: Performance

Doors: 1:30pm

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.

Winner 2022 Adelaide Fringe weekly John Chataway Innovation Award

“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


Arts Mildura would like to acknowledge the Latji Latji, Nyeri Nyeri, Ngintait, and Wergaia people as the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, along with their neighbours the Barkindji, Maraura, Mutti Mutti, Tatti Tatti and Wotjabaluk people.

We pay our respects to each of these communities and to their elders past and present.