After spending the morning at the spectacular Schoenbrunn Palace (http://www.schoenbrunn.at/en.html) we had a traditional schnitzel lunch and then we prepared for the show. We all dressed in our costumes and embroidered blouses and were greeted by the parish priest of St. Barbara Ukrainian Catholic Parish, who thanked us for joining their parishioners for mass and for upholding our Ukrainian culture in Canada.
We then joined Troyanda in a hall, filled with Ukrainian citizens of Vienna, to put on a concert of dance emceed by Susan Romaniuk of Viter and Vincent Rees of Troyanda. What an appreciative audience! After a standing ovation and chanting of "Molodtsi!" the crowd gathered to take photos with the groups.
It was a relatively early night as the Zabava was cancelled out of respect for the loss of lives in Ukraine earlier in the day. And we all needed to pack for our journey today to Zagreb via Graz. Tomorrow we have a city tour and an opportunity to do a little shopping.
Between the heat and occasional rain showers, the weather has kept us guessing as to what to wear but the group has rolled with the changes and has remained positive and prepared to do whatever becomes the plan. Tasha has encouraged the group to change up the seating arrangement for meals so that we are all getting to know different people in the group. It's been a great opportunity to know about the variety of people who make up this terrific group of Viter Dancers!
Viter and Troyanda after their show in Vienna