Kyiv City Ballet: A Tribute to Peace
director Ivan Kozlov
dancers Oksana Bondarenko, Vladyslav Bosenko, Mykyta Chudovsky, Stella Fedorovych, Kateryna Floria, Andrii Havryliuk, Larysa Hrytsai, Kristina Kadashevych, Mykhailo Shcherbakov, Yevhenii Sheremet, Artem Shoshyn
Peacock Theatre, London • 26-30.Sep.23
The company has a bright, youthful energy as they leap and spin spectacularly through pieces that were largely conceived and choreographed by Russian ballet icons, which allows the entire show to boldly defy politics. The stage is bare, with projected backdrops and elaborate costumes that set the various scenes. Then in the middle there's an emotionally resonant visual tour of the company's beloved hometown.
There's also a flourish of comedy as Greek gods Kadashevych and Sheremet try to one-up each other to the escalating beat of Sirtaki. There are also a couple of pieces styled after traditional Ukrainian dance, including a Chudovsky's solo and a gloriously engaging all-male dance battle-style finale. And there are nods to flamenco and Bollywood, Beethoven and Elgar, accompanied by a range of moods from playful to swoony. All of which makes this a thoroughly enjoyable sampler of this company's considerable talents.
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