Ukrainian ballet star Ivan Putrov said he felt it was “very important not to be silent” before a charity gala to raise money for the humanitarian crisis in his country.
Ormer Royal Ballet star Putrov directed Dance For Ukraine with Romanian ballet dancer Alina Cojocaru, with whom he trained in Kyiv before joining the Royal Ballet School in London.
The event will be held at the Colosseum on March 19 with donations raised to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) to provide aid to people fleeing Ukraine.
Putrov, who was born in Kyiv, told the PA news agency: “We have so many loved ones and people who have taken care of and cared for us in Ukraine, back in Kyiv, at school (dance), in company, National Ballet Of Ukraine, that we feel like the rest of the world, that we need to do something and so we’re doing the best we can, that’s what we know: dance and produce.”
Dance For Ukraine, produced by dance charity Inspiration In Motion, will feature artists from the Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and English National Ballet, who have supported their services. .
The British National Opera has also offered the London Arena free of charge and volunteered to support the music for the event.
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Former Royal Ballet stars and key companies Ivan Putrov (Ukraine) and Alina Cojocaru (Romania) reunite and bring together a host of international dance stars for a fundraising gala for Ukraine on 19 May. 3
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Putrov said it took “an incredible two weeks” to put the event together, adding that “in unity, our message will reinforce and in this case, our gift of the artists we use all the time, of course, will actually be used to save lives, so I feel it’s very important not to be silent, and that’s what we’re doing “.
Last year, he hosted the Gala Ballet Ukraine at Sadler’s Wells, which saw Ukrainian dancers partner with ballet stars in London and shine on the ballet stage in Ukraine.
It is a tragic irony that just six months ago I produced () the Ukrainian Ballet gala at Sadler’s Wells in London to lay the groundwork for the wonderful tradition of Ukrainian dance and Now, six months later, Ukraine is in the spotlight again. and in terrible, terrible circumstances. ”
Putrov said he is proud that the company at the charity event will be multinational, adding: “We have Ukrainian dancers on Saturday, joined by dancers from the UK, from France, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, that’s also what I feel it’s very important to show that Russia is not equal to aggression, Russians are not equal to Putin, Russia does not mean that they did it in their name.
We really have to unite and the voice of the arts is strongIvan Putrov
“What can we do or say about the suffering that is happening in Ukraine? We can not. At the same time, art really gives inspiration and hope, so does it matter? Yes, that’s right.
“For what do we live? We live for the vision and understanding and the human rights that art represents and for this performance was created and brought together at such a record speed. ”
“We really have to be united, and the voice of the arts is strong and I believe it is the voices of creativity and the good that will move the world forward.”
Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova, who is the principal of the Royal Ballet, and Ukrainian Katja Khaniukova, who participated in the British National Ballet in 2014, are among the performers.
Putrov’s mother Natalia Berezina-Putrova used to be the main dancer of the National Ballet in Kyiv and his father, Oleksandr, was also a dancer in the company.
My whole family now knows the sound of bombs, which is anti-aircraft, knows which name, I forgot the big Russian missile – when it flew, the whole house trembled. Can you really imagine this? I can notIvan Putrov
Recounting his mother’s struggle to flee Ukraine, Putrov told PA: “I’m glad my mother, after a week of trying to flee, has finally made it to London and she will be at the concert. (on Saturday).
“But the terrible efforts of trying to leave Kyiv on the roads, not knowing what was going to happen, were constantly being stopped, not knowing which way to go to avoid being killed.
“It’s really not something that of course anyone can imagine.”
He said of the news from Kyiv: “It was absolutely surreal. I was in Kyiv for Christmas and New Year and the peaceful city that is currently under bombardment is unthinkable.
“My whole family has now learned the sound of bombs, knows which name is anti-aircraft, knows which name, I forgot the big Russian missile – when it flew over the house shook. Can you really imagine this? I can not. But that’s the reality. ”
Donations can be made to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal at www.dec.org.uk.
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