Some of the most powerful performances happen behind the scenes

Thu, Jan 1 2015


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Patron. Promoter. Builder of buzz.

Theatre performances, festivals, music concerts and art exhibits don’t just happen. People like Darka Tarnawsky make them happen.

For the owner of Bottom Line Productions, celebrating culture has been a natural part of everyday life for as long as she can remember. Family gatherings often involved singing and dancing. Visits to the opera and the museum were common. And at the tender age of five she began Ukrainian dancing every Saturday because “that’s just what you do when you’re a Ukrainian girl growing up in Edmonton.”

But Darka took her dance career further than most. She worked her way up to touring with the renowned Ukrainian Shumka Dancers in the late 1980s.