'50 Heartbeaks' blends media to explore a Ukraine family's tale

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 26, 2014 

50 Heartbreaks, Ukraine, Firehouse Performing Arts Center, Bellingham

"50 Heartbreaks (And I'm Still in Love with YOUkraine)" is a dance-theater show about heartbreak and Ukrainian history by Jenna Bean Veatch and Nadia Tarnawsky, presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, May 29-June 1, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave. in Bellingham.

JEN TOWNER — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

"50 Heartbreaks (And I'm Still in Love with YOUkraine)" is a dance-theater show about heartbreak and Ukrainian history by Jenna Bean Veatch and Nadia Tarnawsky, presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, May 29-June 1, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave.

It weaves together a collage of kitschy dances set to 1960s breakup songs, mournful Ukrainian ballads, whimsical stop-action animation, family photographs, paintings by Susannah Anderson and gruesome history lessons to tell Tarnawsky's family history, the gripping tale of a family in Ukraine split apart by World War II.

Tickets, $10 to $20, are available at brownpapertickets.com and at the door. Details: 206-722-2524.

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