As the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv enjoys history and culture that very few other cities can boast. More than 50 theatres in Kyiv offer numerous meticulously played performances presenting a proud legacy firmly entrenched in Ukrainian culture. The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre also known as Kyiv Opera House is no doubt the gem of the cultural life of the city and the country.
The theatre having raised its curtain for the first time in October 1867 is currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary season. The ballet company, alongside with Bolshoi theatre in Moscow and Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, establishes another fundamental center of ballet development in the Russian Empire.
The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine grew into one of the major performing arts companies in Europe, with the troupe’s setting out on its first international tour in the 1950s. The first performances were met with great success in France, Bulgaria, Balkan countries, Hungary and elsewhere. Incidentally, two of the most distinguished dancers of the 20th century, Vaslav Nijinsky and Serge Lifar, both hailed from Kyiv.
In the last century, the company has been recognized as one of the world’s most distinguished troupes granted countless prestigious international awards. The company is currently employs around 150 dancers, staging 16 performances every month at the theatre in Kyiv, in addition to extensive international touring with a vast repertoire of unsurpassed works.
In the grand tradition of classical ballet, the Kyiv troupe solidified its reputation as a benchmark in dance and one of the world’s greatest ballet schools. It was a turning point for the artistic careers of its famous former dancers including Alina Cocojaru, Svetlana Zakharova, Nadezhda Pavlova, Marina Timofeyeva, Irina Kolpakova, Alla Osipenko, Vladimir Malakhov, Alexei Ratmansky, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Irina Dvorovenko, Yana Salenko, Leonid Sarafanov, and Sergei Polunin.
Based in Kyiv, the internationally celebrated National Ballet of Ukraine has toured in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Japan, Hungary, Oman, Greece, Spain, Italy, Mexico, China, Latin America and Australia.
Here was a story of the theatre where the dancers who will tour the USA in May - June 2018 come from.