In “Swan Lake”, a curse is cast on the beautiful Princess Odette, who turns into a swan. The story that follows is her hope against all odds to break free and unite with her beloved Prince Siegfried.
The Kyiv City Ballet can sympathize with Odette’s plight. They were transformed into constant travelers of the world. The troupe unknowingly took one of the last flights from Kyiv to Paris for a tour scheduled the day before Russia invaded their home in Ukraine in February. The troupe has not returned home since. While sheltered in Paris, he embarked on an extensive tour of France and the rest of Europe.
“Everyone in the ballet is worried about their family, loved ones, friends, colleagues back home. It has been very difficult,” said Ekaterina Kozlova, deputy director of Kyiv City Ballet, speaking in March. to the Associated Press during the company’s Paris tour. .
While their journey back to Kyiv may still take some time, the ballet troupe makes the journey to your home. On Tuesday, October 18, Kyiv City Ballet will perform “Swan Lake” at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center, as part of its first fall tour of the United States.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show range from $27 to $62 and are available online at mpaconline.org/events. However, through a partnership between the Montgomery Ballet and the Montgomery Performing Arts Center, shoppers can get $5 off tickets using code MGMB at Ticketmaster. A portion of ticket sales will go to the Montgomery Ballet.
“Swan Lake” is a classical ballet choreographed by Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov and Ivan Kozlov. It is one of three ballets by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and has been performed for nearly a century. Although Montgomery’s show is the full ballet, “Swan Lake” is often performed in fragments – “Dance of the Little Swans”, “Waltz”, and “Spanish Dance”.
“We are honored to share the beauty of ballet with American audiences, through Ukrainian artists,” Ivan Kozlov, artistic director, said in a statement.
In addition to “Swan Lake”, the Kyiv City Ballet offers a number of other classic performances in its repertoire, including “The Nutcracker”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Sleeping Beauty”.
“To tour the United States for the first time with a line of ballets is an important global statement,” Kozlov said. “This demonstrates the resilience of the Ukrainian people.”
After Montgomery, their journey continues on October 20 at the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts, before heading to Louisiana for shows in New Orleans on October 22 and Lafayette on October 23.
Learn more about Kyiv City Ballet online at kcbtheater.com.
Donate to the Ukraine War Relief Effort
Operation White Stork is a veteran-led rapid response humanitarian organization named after the national bird of Ukraine. White Stork programs include: evacuation of women and children, the elderly and their pets; supply hospitals directly; and the supply of first aid kits to the Defense Forces of Ukraine.
For more information or to donate to White Stork, visit: https://funraise.org/give/White-Stork/e8b4efad-0e0b-4796-a4b9-498ed3939841/
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