Kyiv City Ballet arrives in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — A group of Ukrainian ballerinas will visit the Sooner State this fall.

Oklahoma City Community College will host Kyiv City Ballet on October 9 for two shows.

“We are honored to welcome the world-renowned Kyiv City Ballet to the OCCC on their historic tour of the United States,” said OCCC President Dr. Mautra Staley Jones. “Our center for visual and performing arts constantly attracts top-notch talent, and Kyiv City Ballet is no exception. We are honored and privileged to have the ballet here for Oklahomans to experience and enjoy.

The day before Ukraine was invaded in February, the Kyiv City Ballet unknowingly took one of the last flights out of the city. The company flew to Paris to begin a tour, and they did not return home.

“We are honored to share the beauty of ballet with American audiences, through Ukrainian artists,” said Ivan Kozlov, Artistic Director of Kyiv City Ballet. “To tour the United States for the first time with a line of ballets is an important global statement. This demonstrates the resilience of the Ukrainian people.

Two of Ukraine’s premier ballerinas, Krystina Kadashevych and Oksana Bondarenko, will perform on the US tour.

The US tour will include a feature film Swan Lake, excerpts from Les Sylphides and Carmen, and several works by Ukrainian choreographers: Thoughtsa contemporary ballet, choreographed by Vladyslav Dobshynskyi; Tribute to peace, a neo-classical work, choreographed by the Kyiv City Ballet’s artistic director, Ivan Kozlov; and Kyiv mena Ukrainian folk dance, choreographed by Pavlo Virsky.

The Kyiv City Ballet will perform at the OCCC Center for Visual and Performing Arts on October 9 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Single tickets for Kyiv City Ballet will go on sale on August 1.

For more information, visit or call the OCCC box office at (405) 682-7579.

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