Ukrainian dancers find refuge in the National Dance Company

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At the headquarters of the National Dance Company (CND) in Madrid, the ballet instructor addresses his students in two languages. In addition to the use of Spanish, he uses English to give way to men’s exercise.boys” and does the same with women issuing A Ladies. Katerina Chupina, Yeltzeveta Semenenko and Anastasia Kovalevska of Ukraine are the only way to understand the basics of these instructions. Along with four other compatriots, he has been integrated into the CND trials through the programme. emerging talent, By taking advantage of this initiative, young women could continue to develop their talents and develop into professional dancers, despite the fact that the Russian invasion of Ukraine cut short their careers in the ballet of the Kyiv National Opera. Is.

Chupina, Semenenko and Kovalevska joined the program from March 9. Famous dancers Anastasia and Denis Matvienko put her in contact with Joaquin de Luz, director of CND, so that she could continue her artistic activity outside her home country. But before that, they all lived in their special odyssey to escape the battlefield, an experience that Kovalevska especially suffers when she remembers. “My city of Makarev was occupied by the Russians. I spent a week inside the basement and then some soldiers came inside with weapons and threw me out,” says the dancer. She left Ukraine for Poland by car with her mother, aunt and younger brother. He came to Italy, where his mother had stayed.

A long journey by car was also the escape route for Semenenko, who took “three or four days” to reach Ukraine’s western border with her sister through “broken roads and forests”. Chupina, on the other hand, left Kyiv on a “refugee train” in which she says she spent almost twelve hours without being able to sit there because of the number of people. The three dancers agree that they have been greeted with great affection in Spain, but they do not forget the invasion that is ravaging the land they left behind. “We live between two realities: one in peace and the other in war. I think a lot about my soldiers”, said Chupina.

Ukrainian dancer Katerina Chupina (right) during a rehearsal at the headquarters of the National Dance Company.
Ukrainian dancer Katerina Chupina (right) during a rehearsal at the headquarters of the National Dance Company. Santiago Burgos

His male colleagues from the National Opera also left, joining the Ukrainian military’s efforts to halt the Russian advance. 160 people formed a team of ballet dancers who were in the rehearsal period to perform at the time of the war Swan Lake And bayadera, The National Opera of Ukraine, founded in 1867, had already gone through other crises, such as the fire that consumed its entire headquarters in 1896. On the other hand, in 1911, the Prime Minister of Russia under Tsar Nicholas II, Pyotr Stolypin, was assassinated during the performance of a work by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

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Three Ukrainian dancers are housed in an apartment provided to them by a friend of Joaquin de Luz. The director of the CND assured that his organization would remain concerned about the future of young women, although he cautioned that their current status with the program emerging talent This is temporary and for a long-term solution “we have to see what is done from above, from the government side.” In the meantime, Chupina and Semenenko will continue their practice before the ballet performance. GiselleWhich will take place on 18th, 20th and 21st May. They both, along with Kovalevska, work hard to pull off a fatigue that can far exceed any rehearsal.

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