Oct 26, 2022

Digital Program for Kyiv City Ballet

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Kari Schloner

Good evening! It is my absolute pleasure to welcome each and every one of you to Northrop. Thank you for joining me for this historic presentation by Kyiv City Ballet, the last performance of their first-ever US tour. I especially want to acknowledge the many people who have recently arrived in Minnesota from Ukraine who are among us tonight. I am so glad you are here, and I hope you find Northrop and Minnesota to be a warm embrace.

Kyiv City Ballet left Ukraine on Feb 23, bound for Paris and a two-week tour. The next day, Russia invaded their country. They became exiles overnight and the company has not returned home since. Instead, they have traveled the globe, continuing their mission to bring joy to audiences through ballet. Through their determination, we see the resilience of the Ukrainian people and the power of dance to shine light into darkness. What a joy it is to see them shine tonight on the Carlson Family Stage at Northrop.

I also want to extend a special thanks to our subscribers and donors. Your support is more important than ever before. Tonight’s performance was added to our season well after it was finalized and our budget was submitted. Because of your support, we were able to be nimble and responsive when the opportunity arose to bring Kyiv City Ballet to the Twin Cities community. Because of you, tonight is possible. Thank you.

Kari Schloner
Executive Director

Jeff Bieganek

Welcome to Northrop’s 2022-23 Dance Season! It is a privilege to have you in attendance at this historical performance of Kyiv City Ballet on their first U.S. tour. We are honored to be one of the few venues in the country presenting Kyiv City Ballet during this poignant time.

I hope you can join us for the rest of Northrop’s extraordinary Dance Series which offers some delightful surprises, as does our just-announced ENCORE Events—post-performance cast parties with Limón Dance Company and Joffrey Ballet, plus a special dinner with The State Ballet of Georgia. I know you’ll be inspired by these extraordinary opportunities to connect with the art and artists, and I invite you to bring family and friends to share these memorable experiences with you.

As we enjoy this season and look to the future, I invite you to support Northrop’s programs, helping to shine bright lights on our stage. Please consider supporting the important work that Northrop is doing now and in the future to inspire positive change in our world. The Northrop Advisory Board is growing along with new opportunities to engage, if you are interested in learning more, please contact us at northrop@umn.edu. And if you see me in Northrop, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself! I would love to meet you.

Thank you for attending this one-of-a-kind performance. Your presence makes Northrop all the better, and we look forward to seeing you at many more Northrop events!

Jeff Bieganek, Northrop Advisory Board Chair

A special welcome from the Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Vitayemo! Minnesota’s Ukrainian-American community is delighted to welcome Kyiv City Ballet to the Twin Cities!

Eight months into Russia’s war on Ukraine, there is no more important time to dance and show the world the unique artform that is central to our rich Ukrainian culture — for it symbolizes our identity, traditions, and resilience. 

Ukrainians have danced since ancient times. Cossacks returning to camps after battle celebrated with trickery and acrobatics — moves that became central to Ukraine’s quintessential dance, the Hopak, and some of which we may see in tonight’s Men of Kyiv. Over time, classical ballet technique has become integral to Ukrainian folk dance with ballet masters and choreographers leading performing troupes around the world. 

In the Twin Cities, Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble boasts nearly 100 dancers, mostly descendants of Ukrainian immigrants or immigrants themselves. They delight audiences at festivals and events throughout the metro area, and have performed as far away as Chicago, Canada, and even Ukraine, where they had the honor of representing the U.S. at the 2017 International Ukrainian Dance and Culture Festival in Lviv. 

Since war began in February, the threat to our cultural identity has rallied our local community to raise more than $750,000 for humanitarian aid. We have purchased and delivered 16 ambulances and shipped more than $1 million dollars in donated medical supplies. Our community has welcomed hundreds of war refugees, including injured soldiers who have received state-of-the-art prosthetics to replace lost limbs. 

We invite you to visit our information table and view folk dance costumes on display in the lobby. For details on local Ukrainian events and activities, visit uaccmn.org and facebook.com/uaccmn.

In the meantime, thank you Kyiv City Ballet, for presenting Ukrainian traditions to worldwide audiences and for keeping our hope alive for peace at home. 

Slava Ukraini! Glory to Ukraine! 

Ken Matlashewski,
Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Artist Director

Two dancers on stage in front of a very colorful painting of buildings and trees

Tribute to Peace: Mykola Chebotarov and Kristina Kadashevych. Photo by Julia Nash Photography

Tribute to Peace 

Music: Edward Elgar
Choreography: Ivan Kozlov, Ekaterina Kozlova 

Duration: 40 min

Performed by: Artists of the Kyiv City Ballet 

With so much darkness surrounding us in the world, this ballet steps away from the outside world and shows what could be. 

The theme of peace is the main idea. Short episodes of people’s lives are brought together through scenery and dance, including scenes of a couple meeting for the first time, or a pair dreaming about what a life together might look like. 

The audience will recognize familiar themes in Edward Elgar’s music which accompanies the performance, exploring what life should be without conflict, without anger, and without despair. The simplicity of Tribute to Peace is one of the aspects that make it so resounding. 

This ballet was created especially by Kyiv City Ballet for the USA 2022 tour.


Classical Suite 

Music: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa, Ivan Kozlov 

Duration: 45 min

Wedding pas de deux from three classical ballets:
Paquita Pas de Deux: Kristina Kadashevych, Danyil Podhrushko
La Bayadere Pas de Deux: Oksana Bondarenko, Ivan Avdijevski
Don Quixote Pas de Deux: Kateryna Chebykina, Vsevolod Maievskyi, and artists of the Kyiv City Ballet 

The composer for all three pieces is the same, but they have been written in different styles.
Paquita premiered in 1846, La Bayadere in 1877, and Don Quixote in 1869. 

Although these ballets are over a century old, they are still some of the most popular performances today. These pas de deux remain relevant throughout time due to their universal themes. 

Classical Suite is performed by the principal dancers of Kyiv City Ballet and gives the audience a look at exquisite classical ballet as the second act of the performance.

Short Pause

Men of Kyiv

Music: Traditional Ukrainian Folk Music

Choreography by: Pavlo Virsky
Duration: 7 min

Performed by: Volodymr Bulkiev, Mykola Chebotarov, Vladyslav Dobshynskyi, Nazar Korniichuk, Oleksandr Moroz, Zhan-Mishel Panchuk, Danyil Podhrushko, Yevhenii Sheremet, Mykhailo Shcherbakov, Vlad Surdu

Two groups of men compete with each other through the language of dance. The dancers demonstrate their skills and afterward, decide to unite in friendship. This piece displays traditional Ukrainian folk dance and uses some of the most exciting and difficult movements to enthrall and capture the audience.

A group ballet dancers pose and smile from the stage

Classical Suite: Artists of the Kyiv City Ballet. Photo by Julia Nash Photography

Ivan Kozlov

Ivan Kozlov

Ivan Kozlov is Ex-Premier of the National Opera of Ukraine, The St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet, Internationale Ballet Theater, and the Mariinsky Theater; the choreographer and teacher Ivan Anatolievich Kozlov was born on Dec 13, 1982. In 2000, after graduating from the Kyiv State Choreographic School, under the tutelage of the Honored Artist of Ukraine, Vladimir Denisenko, Kozlov was invited to join the ballet troupe of the National Opera of Ukraine, and simultaneously to the world-famous troupe of Boris Eifman in St. Petersburg. He worked as an artist in both troupes. During his work in the theater of B. Eifman, Kozlov performed the leading parts in the following repertoire: Red Giselle, Don Quixote, Russian Hamlet, Anna Karenina, and The Brothers Karamazov. In the troupe of the National Opera of Ukraine, he performed the leading parts in the ballets Swan Lake, Giselle, Spartacus, Don Quixote, Viennese Waltz, and many others. Ivan Kozlov worked under contract as a leading soloist of the Internationale Ballet Theater in the United States. From 2007 to 2010, he was the premier of the ballet troupe of the Mariinsky Theater, where he performed the leading parts in nearly the entire repertoire of the theater, as well as in numerous concert numbers. Kozlov is a laureate of many ballet competitions, including the Serge Lifar International Competition (2002, silver medal) and the X Moscow International Competition (2005, silver medal). Among the teachers of Ivan Kozlov are some of the most outstanding dancers of the 20th century: People’s Artist of the USSR, Irina Kolpakova, People’s Artist of the USSR Vladlilen Semenov, People’s Artist of the RSFSR, Sergei Berezhnoi, Premier of the Mariinsky Theater, Eldar Aliyev, and Honored Artist of Ukraine, Anatoly Kozlov. Since 2014, Ivan Kozlov has been the executive of the theater, Kyiv City Ballet with which he has successfully toured Europe and the world.

Kateryna Chebykina

Kateryna Chebykina

Kateryna Chebykina was born in Kyiv in 1993. Chebykina graduated from the Kyiv State Ballet School (class of Marina Dobryakova). As a student, she was awarded grants from the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine and the President of Ukraine. After graduation, Chebykina was a soloist with the National Shevchenko Opera of Ukraine, performing many of the principal roles in the theatre’s repertoire. Later, she worked at the Mariinsky Theatre as a leading soloist, performing roles such as Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, and the Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, as well as countless others. Chebykina has received numerous international awards and won several international ballet competitions. She is renowned for her artistry and elegance.

Vsevolod Maievskyi

Vsevolod Maievskyi

Vsevolod Maievskyi was educated at the Kyiv State Ballet School. During his studies, he was a private student of Ivan Kozlov. After graduation, he studied at Ellison Ballet in New York City. He has won several international awards and competitions, including a gold medal at the international competition, Grand Prix Kyiv. He has performed many leading roles in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Le Corsaire. Maievskyi worked at the Mariinsky Theatre and is currently working at the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden.

Kristina Kadashevych

Kristina Kadashevych

Kristina Kadashevych is one of the most well-known ballerinas in Ukraine. She began her professional career at the Kharkiv National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, and quickly rose through the ranks to leading soloist. Kadashevych has danced almost all principal roles in the classical repertoire, such as Marie in the Nutcracker, Giselle in Giselle, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. She has a unique way of moving the audience with her emotional performances and delicate lines. Kadashevych is especially enchanting in her gravity-defying pas de deux.

Oksana Bondarenko

Oksana Bondarenko

Oksana Bondarenko is one of the most acclaimed dancers in Ukraine. She began working at the Kyiv Opera Theatre and immediately began performing principal roles. Bondarenko received the title Honored Artist of Ukraine. She was also one of the founding members of the Kyiv City Ballet. In this time, she has performed every leading role in the company repertoire. Bondarenko’s lightness shines through every piece she dances. 

Vladyslav Dobshynskyi

Vladyslav Dobshynskyi

Vladyslav Dobshynskyi graduated from the School of Culture and Arts in Kryvyi Rih and later from the Serge Lifar College of Choreographic Arts. After graduation he began work at the Dnipro Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet and performed much of the repertoire. Later, Dobshynskyi worked at the Kyiv Modern Ballet. During this time, he began choreographing his first works. Since joining Kyiv City Ballet, Dobshynskyi has performed principal roles in the contemporary repertoire. Thoughts was especially created for the Kyiv City Ballet 2022 USA tour by Vladyslav. 

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About Kyiv City Ballet

The Kyiv City Ballet was founded in 2012 by the current Artistic Director Ivan Kozlov. Having toured dozens of countries and four continents, they strive to bring exemplary artists to theaters around the world. Two of Ukraine's prima ballerinas, Krystina Kadashevych and Oksana Bondarenko, will perform on the US tour. The company's principal dancer, Vsevolod Maevskiy, is a previous soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet and Kozlov's former student. 

A group of dancers face eachother in 2 lines as a solo dancer moves behind each line

Thoughts: Artists of the Kyiv City Ballet. Julia Nash Photography

Kyiv City Ballet U.S. Tour Staff

Rhizome Consulting
Kristopher McDowell, Founding Partner
Francine Sheffield, Senior Partner
Ping Pong Productions, Strategic Partner
Josua Lintua, Office Coordinator & Partners Liaison

KMP Artists
Kristopher McDowell, Founder
Andre Carneiros, President
Christian Brooks, Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Armando Rodriguez, Tour Liaison

Keith Sherman and Associates
Scott Klein Logan Metzler
Brett Oberman Darragh Nolan

Kyiv Ballet U.S. Tour Bios

Rhizome Consulting (U.S. Tour Producer) Rhizomes strike new roots out of their interchange, permeating deep into the core of the performing arts and cultural ecosystem, creating opportunities for new life. With strategic guidance and customized educational programs based on objectives, Rhizome Consulting elevates and supports emerging, mid-career, and established artistic voices to the surface for the World to enjoy. Rhizome specializes in fundraising cross industry innovation and artist management. www.RhizomeArts.com

KMP Artists (Logistics Firm) KMP is an international firm, founded in 2004. KMP boasts a roster of some of the World’s top artists and companies featuring dance, music and family programs. KMP is committed to international exchange, touring exceptional projects from around the globe that stimulate conversation and encourage mutual understanding. KMP gets the job done whether as agent, producer, consultant, tour manager, or logistics expert. www.KMPartists.com

Keith Sherman & Associates (U.S. Tour Press Representative) is the communications firm for a diverse range of entertainment, arts, lifestyles, and international brands. KSA has represented hundreds of Broadway, Off Broadway, and touring productions, films, television broadcasts, music projects, and major events globally. The company represented The New York Times for a decade and the Tony Awards for 18 years. www.ksa-pr.com

Male dancer in spotlight looks down, dancers surround him with distraught expressions and wild hands

Thoughts: Vladyslav Dobshynskyi with artists of the Kyiv City Ballet. Photo by Julia Nash Photography

Kyiv City Ballet Acknowledgements

Kyiv City Ballet thanks its sponsor The Polsky Foundation for their support of the US Tour. 

They ask that any donations be made to Operation White  Stork

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