Be a part of history when Kyiv City Ballet comes to Northrop on its first United States tour. "We are honored to share the beauty of ballet with US audiences, through Ukrainian artists," said Ivan Kozlov, Artistic Director. "Touring the States for the first time with a range of ballets makes an important global statement. It demonstrates the resilience of the Ukrainian people," (Broadway World). A “ ‘voice of resistance’ amid a greater struggle” (National Geographic), these talented dancers continue to live out their mission—to bring joy to audiences through ballet. Step out in welcome and solidarity.


“Ukraine’s ballet dancers are a ‘voice of resistance’ amid a greater struggle. ‘Culture is a dedicated target in the Russian war strategy.’ But these ballet dancers—displaced in France—will keep performing.” —National Geographic

“[Artistic Director] Kozlov … hoped the U.S. tour would not only showcase their art but also prove that nothing can break them.” —The New York Times


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Donate to the Ukraine War Relief Effort

Operation White Stork is a veteran-led, rapid response, humanitarian organization that takes its name from the national bird of Ukraine. White Stork's programs include: evacuating women and children, the elderly, and their pets; directly supplying hospitals; and providing first aid kits to the defense forces of Ukraine.

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The content below derives from the Northrop Across Campus Program that supports Northrop's mission towards intersections between performing arts and education for the benefit of all participants now and for generations to come.

Find ways to make thematic connections to these suggested topics:

  • Dance: Ballet
  • Theatre Arts
  • Tourism
  • European Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Study Abroad

Start a conversation about the performance, or encourage reflection, using these questions as inspiration.

Ukrainian dance company, Kyiv City Ballet, had just arrived in Paris for their tour in France the day before the news broke about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The company has not been able to return home but will be making their way to the US for their first American tour this fall, ending their run on the Northrop stage. The program will include two new pieces, both in direct response to the war.

  • Imagine you were one of the dancers on tour—how would you respond to news of the invasion, knowing you would not be able to return home in the near future?
  • How can we empathize with people outside of our community?
  • Do you think our community is doing enough to stand in solidarity with those who need our support? How can we improve? 

Kyiv City Ballet’s mission is to bring joy to audiences through ballet. In reference to the upcoming tour, Director Ivan Kozlov shared, “Touring the States for the first time with a range of ballets makes an important global statement, it demonstrates the resilience of the Ukrainian people.”

  • How do you define resilience?
  • Is there room for joy amidst the unfolding trauma of the war?
  • Have you ever viewed art that was in direct response to a political situation? How did it make you feel as the viewer?

Ballet is both a major Russian cultural export and a highly international art form. With the war, the wider ballet community has been affected. In a matter of days, tours of Russian companies had been canceled, and the international dance community rallied on social media to speak out against the invasion. 

  • Do you think the war has informed the direction that ballet might be heading? In what way?
  • Would you continue practicing an art form that your oppressor largely influenced, or would you take that art form and shape a new perspective?


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.