Ukrainian capital’s ballet company to make US debut, stop in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – A ballet company from the heart of Ukraine is making its U.S. debut with a stopover in Montgomery.

The Kyiv City Ballet will tour the United States from September to October, marking its first performances in America. On Tuesday, October 18, the company will host a show at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center.

The ballet company was founded in 2012 and has worked with various partners and toured dozens of countries and four continents. But, perhaps the most unique part of their story takes place right before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The day before the invasion, the ballet company unknowingly took one of the last flights out of Kyiv. They flew to Paris, France to begin a long-planned tour and, unfortunately, were unable to return home.

According to MPAC, the company is hosted in France and has performed throughout Europe since the invasion began. Their US tour will include a feature film Swan Lake and a second mixed repertoire program of three ballets: Thoughts (choreography by Vladyslav Dobshynskyi), a contemporary ballet, Tribute to Peace (choreography by Ekaterina and Ivan Kozlov), a neo-classical work , and Men of Kyiv (choreography by Pavlo Virsky) a Ukrainian folk dance.

“We are honored to share the beauty of ballet with American audiences through Ukrainian artists,” said Ivan Kozlov, artistic director. “To tour the United States for the first time with a line of ballets is an important global statement. This demonstrates the resilience of the Ukrainian people.

For tickets to see Kyiv City Ballet or to learn more about their history, go to mpaconline.org/events.

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Christi C. Elwood