Kyiv City Ballet to Make United States Premiere at the Wilson Center

The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College is thrilled to announce the US premiere of The Kyiv City Ballet, under the artistic direction of Ivan Kozlov, at the Wilson Center on September 16, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. This tour marks the Kyiv City Ballet’s first United States performances ever.

The day before Ukraine was invaded in February, The Kyiv City Ballet unknowingly took one of the last flights out of Kyiv. The company flew to Paris to begin a long planned tour. They have not returned home. The country of France sheltered them and the company has been performing throughout France, and now Europe, since the invasion began. Ticket sales will directly support keeping the company on the road and sheltered while they await a safe return to their homeland.

“We are humbled that Rhizome has been asked to produce and strategically support the Kyiv City Ballet on their very first tour to the United States,” said producer Kristopher McDowell. “That major cultural arts centers across the country are coming together to open their doors and their hearts is extraordinary. It is very clear this company and their artistry will have great appeal to non-dance and dance audiences alike.”

The performance at the Wilson Center will include a mixed repertory program of three works:

  • A Tribute to Peace – created especially by Kyiv City Ballet for the USA 2022 tour
  • Classical Suite – Wedding pas de deux from Paquita, La Bayadere, and Don Quixote
  • Men of Kyiv – a Ukrainian folk dance

“We are honored to share the beauty of ballet with US audiences, through Ukrainian artists,” said Ivan Kozlov, Artistic Director, “Touring the States for the first time with a range of ballets makes an important global statement. It demonstrates the resilience of the Ukrainian people.”

The Kyiv City Ballet’s mission is to bring joy to audiences through ballet by bringing exemplary artists to theatres around the world. In the past decade, the company has successfully toured throughout dozens of countries on four continents.

Two of Ukraine’s prima ballerinas: Krystina Kadashevych and Oksana Bondarenko will perform with the company on their US tour. The company’s principal dancer is Vsevolod Maevskiy, a former soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet and Kozlov’s former student.

Tickets will be available online to Wilson Center Members beginning 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, with tickets going on sale online to the general public on Friday, June 17, 2022, at 10 a.m. Please note that this is anticipated to be a full-capacity event, and will adhere to all local and state guidelines at the time of the show. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by contacting the Ticket Central box office. Ticket Central is open for telephone and in-person sales from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday only. Ticket Central may be reached by telephone at 910.362.7999; questions may also be directed to

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