First Soloist of The National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine
－What do you think is the significance of physical expression in contemporary society?
I think this is very important because individuality is made up of physical expression.
How a person dresses, walks, what he does.
As one Ukrainian poet Vasyl Symonenko wrote:
"You know that you are a human.
You know that, or do you not?
That smile of yours is unique to you,
That torment of yours is unique to you,
Your eyes no other person has got."
－What do you want to convey to people through your physical expression?
Let me start with the fact that body language is universal.
You can travel to many countries, not know the language, but on stage, with the help of flexibility, movements-convey your inner feelings.
In fact, a lot depends on what kind of production you are dancing, what kind of role you are given. It seems to me that the most valuable skill of an artist is to be able to convey the director's intention so that the audience does not need any explanation. So that a person comes and understands without any words and feels what the artist wants to convey. And maybe this will inspire someone to do something, maybe a person will be able to decide or understand something for themselves.
In my opinion, art should teach something, and perhaps the main thing if can teach is to remain human, no matter what.
－What do you think about lately?
It’s hard to answer this question because opinions are constantly changing, depending on many components.
Of course, there are some things you can't forget, can’t stop thinking about.
I worry about my relatives and friends who are now in Ukraine. Because war is a terrible thing, and you are constantly nervous and wondering if the people you know are okay.
Now I have a lot of impressions from my trip to Japan. A completely different culture, landscapes, atmosphere.
I think a lot about my work because, as my teacher used to say:
"At least half of our art is done in the head. An artist should always think.”
In our profession, I always want to be better than I was yesterday.
In 2018, he graduated from Kyiv State Ballet School. He studied under a famous teacher Vladimir Denisenko, who trained many star dancers including Denis Matvienko, Leonid Sarafanov and Alexandre Riabko. After graduation, he joined Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and performed various leading roles. In March 2023, he joined the National Ballet Theatre of Ukraine as first soloist and he has performed several main roles there and he is the most promising dancers among young generations in the company.
The National Ballet Theatre of Ukraine Japan Tour 2023 Winter
Production: The Snow Queen" "Don Quixote" "Giselle"
Dec. 23rd, 2023 - Jan 14th, 2024
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo International Forum, Festival Hall and others.
Olga Golytsia, Anastasiia Shevchenko, Ilona Kravchenko, Kateryna Myklukha, Mykyta Sukhorukov, Jan Vana, Oleksandr Omelchenko, Danyil Pashchuk, and dancers from The National Ballet Theatre of Ukraine.
"The National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (14th Jan)
**The music will be from a recording, not a live orchestra on 23, 30, December 2023, 10, 12, and 13 January 2024