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International ballet stars Dance for Ukraine in fundraising gala at the London Coliseum

On 19 March 2022, one month after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Inspiration In Motion was proud to produce a gala, Dance for Ukraine, at the London Coliseum theatre. The aim was to help those in desperate need following the onset of war, whilst also delivering our goal of promoting dance and the performance arts.

English National Opera provided very generous support including providing use of the theatre at no charge. The artistic directors, dance artists, singers and musicians performing gave their time gratis, as did front of house staff and the committed group of volunteers who assisted in the publicity for and running of the gala. The Ballet Boyz recorded the performance gratis, and the resultant film was streamed by Marquee TV (who restricted costs to direct costs of sales and transmission).

The charity is very grateful to all the donors whose gifts covered the production costs of the gala (£24,000). Including income from the streaming the gala raised over £160,000 for the Disaster Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (registered charity 1062638).

The gala was conceived of and directed by Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Putrov.

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Photo by Katie Wilson

We met as children in Kyiv, one a child of the Kyiv ballet, the other a stranger to Ukraine. There, we learnt our art and danced together. We later reconnected in London, both dancing with The Royal Ballet and beyond. Our careers took different paths but we stayed in touch, never anticipating the terrible turn of events in Ukraine which have brought us back together for this Gala tonight.


We are united in our belief that art can and must stand up for humanity. So many of our fellow artists believe the same and have joined us today to show their support for the people of Ukraine in this moment of need. We are grateful to all the artists joining us tonight and to the many other off-stage friends who have made this possible.

There are so many people to thank for helping us put this evening together. We have tried to acknowledge them but know we will have missed some names. This evening could not have happened without the generous support of the English National Opera, The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet.

And we thank you, our audience, for being here tonight, standing with the people of Ukraine.”

Alina and Ivan

All the net proceeds raised tonight will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee, Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

Part I


1. Ukrainian National Anthem

Singer Ksenia Nikolaieva
Music Mykhailo Verbytsky
Musicians ENO orchestra, chorus and friends

2. No Man’s Land

Katja Khaniukova and Aitor Arrieta Choreography Liam Scarlett Music Franz Liszt
Piano Julia Richter

with kind permission from Liam Scarlett’s family


3. The Dying Swan

Javier Torres
Choreography Michel Descombey
Music Camille Saint-Saëns


4. La Sylphide

Alison McWhinney and Fernando Carratalá Coloma
Choreography August Bournonville
Music Herman Severin Løvenskiold


5. Le Corsaire

Mayara Magri and Francesco Gabriele Frola
Choreography Marius Petipa
Music Adolphe Adam, Riccardo Drigo, Ludwig Minkus

6. Swan Lake

Fumi Kaneko and William Bracewell
Choreography Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
with kind permission from Liam Scarlett’s family

7. FAR

Rebecca Bassett-Graham and Salvatore De Simone
Choreography Wayne McGregor
Music Antonio Vivaldi

8. Lady of the Camellias

Alina Cojocaru and Mathieu Ganio
Choreography John Neumeier Music Frédéric Chopin
Piano Sasha Grynyuk

with complete support for this most important cause, John Neumeier


Part II


1. Lacrymosa

Luca Acri
Choreographer Edward Stierle
Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2. Three Preludes

Emma Hawes and Junor Souza
Choreography Ben Stevenson
Music Sergei Rachmaninoff
Piano Julia Richter

By kind permission of Ben Stevenson

3. Don Quixote

Miki Mizutani and Mathias Dingman
Choreography Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa
Music Ludwig Minkus
Designs Tim Hatley

4. Ashes

Natalia Osipova
Choreography Jason Kittelberger
Music Goran Bregovic: Ederlezi
Musicians Nigel Kennedy and the Kroke Band

5. Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux

Marianela Núñez and Reece Clarke
Choreography George Balanchine
©The George Balanchine Trust
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

By kind permission of The George Balanchine Trust

6. Requiem

Marianna Tsembenhoi
Choreography Kenneth MacMillan
Music Gabriel Fauré

Singer Inna Guseva

7. The Triumph of Love — Apotheosis from act three of Raymonda by Alexander Glazounov.



Artistic Direction

Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Putrov


Inspiration in Motion, Ivan Putrov


Luca Acri
Aitor Arrieta
Rebecca Bassett-Graham
William Bracewell
Fernando Carratalá Coloma
Reece Clarke
Alina Cojocaru
Mathias Dingman
Francesco Gabriele Frola
Mathieu Ganio
Emma Hawes
Fumi Kaneko
Katja Khaniukova
Mayara Magri
Alison McWhinney
Miki Mizutani
Marianela Núñez
Natalia Osipova
Salvatore De Simone
Junor Souza
Javier Torres
Marianna Tsembenhoi

Conductor: Alex Ingram
ENO orchestra, chorus and friends
Soprano: Inna Guseva
Mezzo-Soprano: Kseniia Nikolaieva
Piano: Julia Richter and Sasha Grynyuk

Company Stage Manager: Carly Hook
Stage Manager: Rosie Davies
Lighting Designer: Ryan Joseph Stafford
Sound Engineer: Fred DeFaye
Wardrobe: Anna Kerslake and Suzanne de Mattos

Hair and Make-up: Jin Ho Kang
Communications: Sue Lynas
Project Manager: Simon Clark
Accountant: Kenneth Leadbeater
Event manager: Emma Halstead

Inspiration in Motion: Anastassia Howarth, Duncan Milroy, Ivan Putrov

Cover photograph by Oleksandr Putrov of Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Putrov in Don Quixote

Production support


We would like to thank the following organisations, sponsors, supporters and volunteers for their generous contribution to Dance for Ukraine

Birmingham Royal Ballet
English National Ballet
English National Opera
Hamburg Ballet
Marylebone Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine
Northern Ballet

Paris Opera Ballet
Royal Opera House
Steinway & Sons
Strand Palace Hotel
The Royal Ballet
The Ukrainian Embassy in London

Alistair Spalding
Aurélie Dupont
Carlos Acosta
David Nixon
Kevin O’Hare
Stuart Murphy
Tamara Rojo

Ben Stevenson
Jason Kittelberger
John Neumeier
Deborah MacMillan
Liam Scarlett’s Family
Michel Descombey

Wayne McGregor

Adam Lawford
Anastassia Howarth
Ashley Woodfield
Bennet Gartside
Carly Hook

Duncan Milroy
Elliott Franks
Guy Chapman
In Memory of C.C.D.
Jean-Pierre Gasquet
Jill and Michael Carpenter
Johan Kobborg

Helen Wellington
Kenneth Leadbeater
Kevin Lidlow
Lars Payne

Lesley Osman
Norman Rosenthal
Pavel Shehovtsov
Peter Eyre
Richard Meads
Simon Clark
Sue Lynas
Tony Rickard

and All Other Volunteers and Anonymous Donors

Thank you for your kind and generous support

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