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Front Page - Friday, September 23, 2022

Chattanooga Ballet, UTC to present Ukraine’s Kyiv City Ballet

Chattanooga Ballet dancers Mary Kate Shearer, Alessandra Ferrari-Wong and Hannah Harvey portray a scene from “Three Muses for Apollo.” - Photograph provided

The members of Ukraine’s world-renowned Kyiv City Ballet are – like many millions in their country – refugees. The company departed Ukraine for a European tour shortly before the Russian invasion and are now unable to return home.

A group of presenters representing organizations in 13 cities – including Chattanooga – banded together in April and May to secure a three-month tour for the company this fall, providing performance opportunities and sustaining revenue while displaced.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Chattanooga Ballet will cosponsor a major cultural event Oct. 5-7 featuring Kyiv City Ballet and Chattanooga Ballet’s professional company in a production at UTC’s Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

Kyiv City Ballet will perform “Swan Lake” Wednesday. The two companies will present a mixed repertoire Thursday and Friday.

ArtsBuild is providing 150 free tickets for underserved youth to attend the performances. ArtsBuild has offered the tickets to several local schools and organizations, including The Bethlehem Center, The Pop-up Project, Bridge Refugee Services, Chattanooga Charter School, ELLA Library and more.

Tickets are available for purchase at the UTC Fine Arts Center box office, 752 Vine Street, or at www.utc.edu/arts-and-sciences/college-of-arts-and-sciences/fine-arts-center. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Source: Chattanooga Ballet