The Kiev Grand Ballet from Ukraine is one of the most successful touring companies in the international ballet world.
The young company's tours have already thrilled people in the USA, Spain, China and Scandinavia. Due to the outbreak of war in Ukraine, the ballet company was "stranded" in Paris, France in February 2022. A solidarity campaign then ensured a tour of Norway and Sweden. From the end of December 2022 to the end of January 2023, the Kiev Grand Ballet plans to tour various stages in Germany and Switzerland. The tour schedule will then include cities such as Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Leipzig, Nuremberg, Basel and Zurich.
"Ballet is a language of the world, it knows no borders," emphasizes Alexander Stoyanov, the artistic director and founder of the Kiev Grand Ballet. Founded by him in Kiev in 2014, the company stands for classical ballet art at the highest level. In addition to the classic Tchaikovsky ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, the repertoire of the multi-award-winning dancers also includes Giselle, Don Quixote, Romeo & Juliet and several modern ballets. The dreamlike sets and costumes are by the design artists of the National Opera of Ukraine.
Stoyanov completed his ballet training at the State School of Choreography in Kiev. In 2006 he was appointed "First Dancer" at the National Opera of Ukraine. In 2007 he won the third place at the prestigious ballet competition "Premio Roma" in Rome, was awarded at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 2009 and won second places at the "Premio Roma" in 2010 and at the "Serge Lifar international Competition of Ballet" in 2011. He turned down offers from St. Petersburg, the Berlin Opera and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow in order to continue practicing and promoting the art of ballet in his home country.
Kateryna Kukhar is the prima ballerina of the Kiev Grand Ballet and the partner of Alexander Stoyanov. The dancer, who has also won many awards, is, among other things, a jury member of the "Dance Consortium á Paris", was an honorary member of the jury of the international competition "Dance Olympus" from 2015 to 2019, as well as at the "Seoul International Dance Competition" in 2015 and 2016.
A month after the war began, she danced the role of Odette in Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" in Paris - recalling the words of her ballet teacher Eleonora Steblyak that the white swan was a representation of captive femininity. "I thought about how to transfer the pain that is now in all our hearts to my dance," the Kiev-born dancer explained, "and I danced like never before in my life."
Asked if it was currently appropriate to dance the ballets of Russia's most famous composer, Kukhar replied, "Just like Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky belongs to all humanity."
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