Reunited in Dance

reunited in dance

When war separates people, the arts unite them. That is the story of reunited in dance, a special performance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

This one-night-only ballet showcases dancers impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They have gathered together for this historic event and will perform in their home city of Costa Mesa.

Xander Parish

The British ballet star, Xander Parish, became the first UK principal at the prestigious Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg.

But he quit his role in Giselle and fled Russia with his Russian wife Anastasia Demidova in March – only to have not performed since. They had made the decision to leave ‘due to the awful crisis’, according to his family in England.

In November, Xander Parish and international dancers who were displaced by the war in Ukraine will gather for an intimate one-night-only special ballet performance, “Reunited in Dance.” It will be held at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

The event will be LIVESTREAMED for free outside the Segerstrom Center’s Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. It will be a unique opportunity to see some of the finest dancers in the world together, all in support of Ukraine.

Jacopo Tissi

Jacopo Tissi left the Bolshoi in March to take a position as guest principal dancer at the Teatro alla Scala in Italy. He is one of a number of international dancers who have left Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.

A native of Italy, he moved to Moscow in 2016 to work with the Bolshoi and was one of the few foreigners to rise to the top position in the company, becoming the first Italian to be named the ballet’s principal. His decision has been praised by Italian culture minister Dario Franceschini and many of his former colleagues, who feel that he was acting in the best interest of the dance industry.

He appeared in Reunited in Dance, a special ballet performance bringing together renowned dancers from around the world who previously danced with Russia’s elite companies. Led by British-born Artistic Director Xander Parish, the evening features new choreography and beloved classics including a world premiere set to Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album performed by pianist Behzod Abduraimov, Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain pas de deux, selections from Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, Paquita, Raymonda and Don Quixote, and much more!

Joy Womack

Joy Womack is the first American to graduate from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s (Russia) main training program, and the first American woman to sign a contract with the Bolshoi Ballet. She moved to Moscow at age 15 to fulfill her dream — to dance Russian classic ballet professionally.

She’s made a name for herself as a strong and outspoken ballerina. She has made the leap to the top of the ballet world, but this documentary gives viewers an honest glimpse into the daily struggles and sacrifices she had to make to reach her goal.

This film is a must see for anyone interested in gaining insight into the physical and emotional challenges that women face when pursuing their dreams. It’s also a good documentary to help students understand the dedication and effort that goes into becoming a dancer.

Reunited in Dance, a one-night-only performance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, will feature nearly 20 international dancers with ties to Ukraine and Russia. It’s organized by British-born Xander Parish, former principal dancer at St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Ballet and will be performed to music by Tchaikovsky, the composer of Swan Lake.

Christine Shevchenko

On Saturday, November 12, 2022, renowned ballet dancers with ties to Ukraine and Russia gathered for a one-night-only special performance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. This event, titled Reunited in Dance, brought together dancers from the Mariinsky Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Mikhailovsky Ballet and other elite Russian companies who were forced to leave their homes and jobs after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Christine Shevchenko, a Ukrainian-American dancer who is currently performing as a principal with American Ballet Theatre, has been a part of The Nutcracker production at Segerstrom Hall for the past seven years. She has performed a wide range of leading roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Kitri in Don Quixote, Mademoiselle Marianne Chartreuse in Whipped Cream and others.

She has also choreographed a variety of pieces for the Company including A Gathering of Ghosts, City of Women, Songs of Bukovina and more. She has a passion for working with young dancers and enjoys teaching private lessons as well. She has been a regular guest teacher at the Studio Company and was recently invited to teach a master class at the American Academy of Ballet in New York City.

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