Oct 26, 2022
Digital Program for Kyiv City Ballet
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!
Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Artist Director
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.
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.
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.
Classical Suite: Artists of the Kyiv City Ballet. Photo by Julia Nash Photography
Kyiv City Ballet U.S. Tour Staff
Kristopher McDowell, Founding Partner
Francine Sheffield, Senior Partner
Ping Pong Productions, Strategic Partner
Josua Lintua, Office Coordinator & Partners Liaison
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
Thoughts: Vladyslav Dobshynskyi with artists of the Kyiv City Ballet. Photo by Julia Nash Photography
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