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Japanese and Ukrainian ballet dancers perform together for Ukraine

  • July 6, 2022
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Japanese and Ukrainian ballet dancers have staged a charity event to support Ukraine’s national ballet company amid Russia’s ongoing military invasion.
 

The performance was held in Tokyo on Tuesday. It was organized by Kusakari Tamiyo, a former ballerina who was one of Japan’s top dancers.

 

Nineteen Japanese dancers who are active domestically and abroad performed repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary ballet.

 

Ukrainian dancers Anna Muromtseva and Nikita Sukhorukov from Kyiv Ballet, Ukraine’s national ballet company, also took the stage. They fascinated the audience with their graceful and powerful moves.

 

Muromtseva said after the performance that she had danced to convey the emotions, spirits and sorrows of the Ukrainians. She said she was truly happy to perform with Japanese dancers in Japan.

 

Kusakari said the event helped her reaffirm that the arts are rooted in the desire to stand by people in need. She said it was a meaningful performance for everyone involved.

 

Donations from the audience will be sent to Ukraine’s national ballet company.

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