They have, however, come together for international tours, determined to continue dancing despite war and exile. Their latest touring programme, a mixed bill entitled A Tribute to Peace, which comes to London in September, is a beefed-up version of a programme shown at the Edinburgh Festival. It'll mark Kyiv City Ballet's debut in the capital.
A Tribute to Peace has to be seen as much as a political gesture as an artistic one, and attendance will signify support for Ukraine in its darkest hour. The ballet which gives the programme its name, choreographed by company director Ivan Kozlov, is, in the words of The Guardian's review of its Edinburgh performance, an undemanding 'collection of sweet-tooth vignettes', which speaks primarily of the company's yearning for home.
The programme includes excerpts from other repertoire works, including Carmen, Sirtaki and Men of Ukraine, the latter a folk-themed work, designed to show the thrilling bravura of the company's male dancers.
|What||Kyiv City Ballet, A Tribute to Peace, Peacock Theatre|
|Where||Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Holborn (underground)|
26 Sep 23 – 30 Sep 23, 19:30 Wed & Sat mats at 14:30. Dur.: 2 hours inc one interval
|Price||£12.50-£55 (+booking fee)|
|Website||Click here to book|