Principal of The National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine
－What do you think is the significance of physical expression in contemporary society?
Dance is an integral part of life, since ancient times, for our distant ancestors, dance was not only a necessity for survival, but a means of conveying emotions. Even before we could speak. In a modern society with the development of technologies and services, a person, if desired, may not get off the couch.
Thus depriving oneself of the most ancient and real way of expressing feelings - physical. Our body can speak better than our language. Feeling your body, the ability to move, feel and convey emotion through the body, this is what modern society needs to learn. This qualitatively changes life and attitude towards it. As wrote in the novel “Zorba the Greek” by Nikos Kazantzákis—“People have fallen so low, damn it, they are so lazy that they have reduced their bodies to dumbness, they only work with their tongues. How much, in your opinion, can be said with the tongue?”
－What do you want to convey to people through your physical expression?
There is nothing special that I would like to convey through my physical expression.
Each performance is very different and I would like for each time the viewer to see a different image, not like the previous one. Believe me, believe in the story that I want to tell, and if I help people with my dance to forget about all their problems that they have for 2 hours at home, at work, or anywhere else.
It will be the best and more that I can.
－What do you think about lately?
Recently, like all Ukrainians, I mostly think and dream that the war ends as soon as possible.
It was a difficult year and a half, but they taught and showed that you need to be happy every day and grateful for every moment of your life.
Enjoy what you have and enjoy every new day. And every new move!
Honored Artist of Ukraine. In 2008, he graduated from Kyiv State Ballet School. After graduation, he joined Kyiv Municipal Theater of Opera and Ballet for Children and Youth as principal dancer. In 2013, he joined the National Ballet Theatre of Ukraine as soloist, and promoted to principal. He won the first prize at the Yury Grigorovich International Competition in 2008 and the third prize at the The International Ballet Competition in Moscow in 2013. His repertoire is wide range including from classical to contemporary productions. He has performed leading roles in many performances in Japan.
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