Russia & Ukraine ballet stars to bounce collectively – ARAB TIMES

NAPLES, Italy, April 5, (AP): A Ukrainian ballerina who fl ed the warfare in her homeland and a Russian ballerina who stop the Bolshoi Ballet over the Russian invasion rehearsed on a stage in Naples forward of a sold-out profit efficiency Monday evening to boost funds for the Pink Cross and champion the reason for peace in Ukraine. Naples’ San Carlo Theater billed the occasion “Stand with Ukraine — Ballet for Peace.”

Russian ballerina Maria Yakovleva, performs throughout a profit efficiency for Ukraine on the Naples’ San Carlo theater, Monday, April 4. Ukrainian and Russian dancers took half in a profit efficiency to boost funds for the Pink Cross and champion the reason for peace in Ukraine. (AP)

Regardless of that description, the prospect of Russian dancers dancing on the identical stage with Ukrainians reportedly angered Ukraine’s consul in Naples. The Italian each day La Repubblica quoted the consul as telling fellow Ukrainians within the southern Italian metropolis to shun the efficiency. Among the many stars within the occasion is prima ballerina Olga Smirnova, who stop the Bolshoi final month and is now dancing with the Dutch Nationwide Ballet.

One other headliner is Anastasia Gurskaya, a high ballerina in Kyiv’s Opera, who fled the preventing in Ukraine. “I feel it’s necessary on this scenario, on this time, to be collectively on the stage. To do little issues, the smallest issues, what we are able to do for Ukraine,” Smirnova instructed reporters within the theater forward of the ultimate rehearsal. ”That is the principle objective for all of us. That’s why we’re right here, that’s why we’re dancing tonight.” Fellow prima ballerina Gurskaya mentioned her efficiency is a method to assist Ukraine. “My life is the wrong way up now. And I’ve by no means been in Italy on this metropolis, and I’ve by no means danced with stars like right now, with world ballet stars, and I’m so enthusiastic about it. And I don’t know why this occurred to me,” the Ukrainian dancer instructed The Related Press. “I’m actually joyful I’m right here and I can assist and assist my nation with my dancing right now.” The theater’s creative director, Alessio Carbone, hailed Smirnova’s participation.

“Olga is a really robust picture for us, as a result of clearly she was the primary dancer who publicly opposed the (Putin) regime. So to have her with us tonight is an inspiration of braveness,” Carbone mentioned. Nobody responded to phone calls Monday at Ukraine’s consulate in Naples. Calls to the mayor’s press workplace went unanswered. A few dozen protesters, some holding Ukrainian flags, demonstrated exterior the theater earlier than the occasion to point out discontent over the participation of Russian dancers. Earlier than the rehearsal, one of many Ukrainian dancers spoke a few small city close to Kyiv the place the chilling discoveries of civilian our bodies have emerged.

In accordance with Ukraine’s prosecutor-general, the our bodies of 410 civilians have been faraway from Kyiv-area cities that have been just lately retaken from Russian forces. Related Press journalists noticed the our bodies of a minimum of 21 individuals round Bucha, northwest of the capital. Stanislav Olshanskyi, who has danced on the Kyiv Opera Home since 2018, says he had lived in Bucha for 5 years. “It’s my metropolis. I do know this metropolis, I walked within the streets,” he instructed the AP. “These pictures … it’s horrible. I can’t take into consideration this, it’s prefer it’s not on this world, it will possibly’t be true. However I do know it’s true and we’ll by no means forgive this.”


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