Renowned Russian and Georgian Dance Troupe to Perform at UNCW

Monday, February 06, 2017

Golden Gates, a Russian and Georgian dance troupe, will bring international flair to UNCW in a performance on Feb. 10. With work inspired by Russian folklore, Moscow Nights Agency notes that the troupe promises audiences “an entertaining and authentic glimpse into Old Russia through music, song and dance." Spectators can expect audience participation in humorous songs, electric dance routines and intricate lyrical suites.

Golden Gates is comprised of artists from countries including Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan; the troupe originated as an effort to break down cultural barriers. Performers are chosen from public schools, music and dance academies and cultural arts centers. Dancers and singers in the current Golden Gates group range from ages five to 15, and their performance at UNCW is part of their 2017-18 United States tour. Golden Gates will perform in Warwick Center from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“Performances like these provide our students with opportunities for people to meet and exchange ideas,” said Michelle Scatton-Tessier, chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. “We are truly honored to host the Golden Gates dancers and to contribute to the ever-evolving local and international communities.”

Roza Starodubtseva, UNCW Russian lecturer, hopes the performance will expand students’ cultural knowledge, while the roundtable discussion that follows the performance will allow students to connect to international peers. Performances that involve cultural exchange support UNCW’s Strategic Plan and the institution’s commitment to engage with the surrounding community and the world.

-- Caitlin Taylor ’18M