York Theatre Royal will be hosting a very special gala performance from Ukraine’s national ballet company, Kyiv City Ballet.
This will be the company’s first UK performance since their country came under attack.
The special performance will be split into two parts – first a class from the company of the Kyiv City Ballet followed by excerpts from ballets such as Swan Lake and the Nutcracker.
The Kyiv City Ballet will perform at York Theatre Royal on Tuesday 14 June at 7:30pm.
The prestigious ballet company were invited to perform by the chief executive of York Theatre Royal, Tom Bird – after learning that the company were stranded in France.
Tom Bird said: “It is a huge honour to be hosting Kyiv City Ballet at York Theatre Royal. We are proud that York is able to stand in solidarity with Kyiv by supporting these extraordinary dancers for this one-off visit.”
City partners in York have come together to make this fundraising performance a reality, with Make It York, City of York Council and York BID supporting York Theatre Royal with organisation and logistics to bring the Kyiv City Ballet to York.
Eurostar and LNER have stepped in to arrange the company’s return travel from France to York, and First Bus will support on the visa costs to bring the company to York.
Visit York members Elmbank Hotel, Malmaison, Middletons, Sandburn Hall, The Grand, The Principal and York Marriott have all offered to accommodate the Kyiv City Ballet company and crew while they’re in the city.
Additional hospitality has been offered from City Cruises and Bettys.
The show will be a special opportunity for York to publicly show its support for the citizens of Ukraine, while celebrating an incredible evening of dance.
Tickets start from £15 and are available via the York Theatre Royal website. 100% of the ticket sales from the performance will go to UNICEF to support people in Ukraine, as nominated by the ballet company.
Find out more about the Kyiv City Ballet here.