i am root
Told from the perspective of a Ukrainian Canadian living in Australia, this ritual performance piece is a topical, deep, playful exploration (Akubras & Vegemite rituals involved) of culture, identity and belonging in the land down under. Olenka employs her mother tongue (Ukrainian), song, dance, clown, folk traditions, recipes, storytelling, spoken word poetry and prayer to enliven the depths of the unspoken, mysterious places where spirit lives.
★★★★★ "Toroshenko’s performance was solid... Her voice is amazing and the opportunity to hear her sing, pray in Ukrainian and recite poetry was a specific highlight..." Glam Adelaide
★★★★ "The work is a funny, fiery melting pot" All About Entertainment
Winner 2022 Adelaide Fringe weekly John Chataway Innovation Award
2023 Artist Fund Recipient
Presented by: Olenka Toroshenko
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 and ritual performance art.
She is a Katonah yoga teacher, student of The Orphan Wisdom School and lover of coniferous forests. She has worked in news broadcasting and political communications which helped shape her understanding of the current cultural paradigm.
Olenka's credits include: Allara & Olenka present 'Rekindled Systems' Live @ TripleRRR radio (2022), 'i am root' (2022 Adelaide Fringe - weekly John Chataway Innovation Award), Adelaide Writers Week (2021), Australian Poetry Slam State Finalist (2021), 'wild' (Adelaide Fringe 2021)