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The United Ukrainian Ballet will make its U.S. debut in Washington D.C. with the U.S. premiere of world-renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s “Giselle.”

Consisting of sixty professional artists in exile from the national theaters of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa, and others, each member has their own story of how they reached safety to join the company.

The personal experiences of the dancers and their homeland, and the urgency of the ongoing crisis, resonate powerfully with Giselle’s timeless themes of love, betrayal, death and mercy.

“Giselle” is one of the greatest romantic ballets in the classical repertoire. Ratmansky, himself is a Ukrainian citizen, created this new interpretation specifically for the company.

The United Ukrainian Ballet, under the artistic direction of Igone de Jongh, formed after Ukrainian dancers fled their homeland. The company is based in The Hague at the former Royal Conservatoire building, where they live and work through the generous support of local business and the government.

“Giselle” will be staged Feb. 1–5, 2023, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This will be the company’s sole engagement in the U.S.


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