3 performances 1 show

The United Ukrainian Ballet Company consists of more than 60 refugee Ukrainian dancers who fled their homeland after the outbreak of war. Each dancer has his/her own story of how they reached safety to join the company based in The Hague.

After the successful performance of Giselle, the company brings their second performance Dancing in Defiance. A unique triple bill featuring the work of today’s leading choreographers; Alexei Ratmansky (Wartime Elegy), Jiří Kylián (Falling Angels) and Sol Léon and Paul Lightfoot (Step Lightly). 


Three performances, each in its own way befitting this extraordinary company. Alexei Ratmansky’s Wartime Elegy is his personal response to war and will have its European premiere in the Netherlands. The performances by Kylián and Léon and Lightfoot are a gesture from the Dutch dance world to give the Ukrainian company of refugee dancers a warm welcome.

Dancing in Defiance is an full evening experience where you have the pleasure of enjoying from the comfort of your theater seat world-famous choreography danced by a unique company brought together by war.


zA 7 oktober 2023 20:15

Theater de Kampanje, DEN HELDER

za 14 oktober 2023 20:00

Stadsschouwburg Haarlem, Haarlem

do 19 oktober 2023 20:15

Stadsschouwburg De Harmonie, Leeuwarden

za 4 november 2023 20:00

Wilminktheater, Enschede

vr 10 november 2023 20:00

Schouwburg Kunstmin, Dordrecht

Alexei Ratmansky

wartime elegy


“Wartime Elegy” is Ratmansky’s first new ballet since that war began. Although the choreographer is a vocal opponent of Putin’s invasion, this work is not overtly political. Instead, the tender dance, performed to both Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s haunting music for piano and strings, and sprightly traditional folk music, is a love letter to the Ukrainian people – a tribute to the joy they find in their distinct culture, to their resilient strength and to their hope for a peaceful future.

Jiří Kylián



Falling Angels is a work for eight women. It was conceived as a somewhat light-hearted homage to female performers. Choreographically, this piece is a study of the two most opposing  properties of any art work: discipline and freedom. The eight women dance in this work from start to finish. They never leave the stage. Their interdependence, and their wish to break out is evident throughout the entire piece.

Sol Léon & Paul Lightfoot



Step Lightly marked the beginning of the collaboration between León and Lightfoot. Their greatest and most important influence was the emotive singing of Bulgarian women; they sang in chorus about the seasons and nature for generations. You can hear in their singing both strength and vulnerability. This fact inspired León and Lightfoot to create a world that complements the power of nature. The six dancers portray both those family ties and the unity they feel together.



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Igone de Jongh

Matthijs Bongertman

Rinus Sprong

Alexei Ratmansky

Jiří Kylián (Kylián Foundation)

Sol León

Paul Lightfoot

Carmen Thomas (Kylián Foundation)

Gertie van Meijel (City of The Hague)

Stefan Stolk

Taras Onishchenko



Robert Serry (voorzitter)

Bart Meuter (penningmeester)

Jan Zoet (secretaris)

Lilian Gonçalves - Ho Kang You

Bessel Kok


Mayor Jan van Zanen (The Hague)

Arjen Kapteijns (Ministry of Social Affairs)

Ambassador Maksym Kononeko (Ukrainian Ambassy)

Yuliia Malynovska (Ukrainian Ambassy)

Henk van der Meulen (Royal Conservatoire The Hague)

Kiki Rosingh (Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds)

J.S.P. Hortulanus - de Mik (Hortulanus Holding)

Jan van Oosten (Salvation Army)

Martijn de Graaf (Salvation Army)

Marc Verberg (Salvation Army)

Wilco Wolven (Salvation Army)

Gaby Bosma (Salvation Army)

René Mendel (Interakt)

Eerde Hovinga (Blueyard)

Geert Boogaard (Blueyard)

Derk van der Kemp (Blueyard)

Annemieke van der Togt (Togtstrip)

Altin Kaftira

Johan Molenaar

Mark Engelen


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The United Ukrainian Ballet Foundation is qualified as a Dutch ANBI and cultural ANBI (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling)

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