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Kiev Classical Ballet

Kiev is one of the great names in ballet, ranking with the Kirov and Bolshoi companies. For 150 years, Kiev Ballet has preserved a reputation for artistic and technical brilliance.  Kiev Choreographic School is legendary having produced some of the world’s greatest dancers.


Kiev Classical Ballet, known in its home city as Kyiv Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, was formed in 1985 with a permanent home in the State Musical Theatre. It is the touring company of the great city of Kiev.  A company of almost eighty people including a 38-piece orchestra, its hallmark is outstanding dancers, mainly drawn from the Kiev and Moscow academies, a classical repertoire, and some charming titles for children which are a perfect introduction to ballet.


Artistic Director Victor Litvinov had a twenty year career as a dancer after graduating with fellow classmate Mihkail Baryshnikov, and gained critical acclaim for his strong technique and outstanding acting gift.  He was appointed Artistic Director of the Kyiv Ballet of the National Opera of Ukraine in 1987.  Awarded Honoured Artist for Choreography and Laureate of the All-Union Competition for Choreographers and Ballet Artists, Litvinov has staged ballets, musicals, classical concerts, plays and operas in Kiev, Moscow and St Petersburg. 


Maestro Aleksei Baklan is conductor at the National Opera of Ukraine and Chief conductor of Kiev Classical Ballet Theatre.  Honoured Artist of Ukraine, Baklan is regularly invited as guest conductor for opera and ballet productions all over the world



What the Press Say

 Out of respect for professional journalists and critics we will not reproduce here any reviews from anonymous amateur reviewers such as those who post reviews on ballet and dance websites

UK PRESS:2007-2008

 "I have to admit that this production from Kiev Classical Ballet is the first ever Nutcracker I have seen and I actually felt a little bit of a lump in my throat and tear in my eye when the fairytale comes to an end with Tchaikovsky's most ravishing music for the grand pas de deux."  Western Mail (Nutcracker)

"The corps de ballet was magnificent, the divertissements strong, but on top of all these riches, it was Tchakovsky's music that shone thanks to the first class orchestra under its conductor Andrei Baklan.  If you have not purchased your tickets, I can honestly say you will regret not doing so as the magic and warmth of this production is a perfect introduction to Christmas." Echo (Nutcracker)

"This production by the Kiev Classical Ballet is a resounding success.  Thankfully there is no narrator, as is so often boringly included in musical versions.  Rather the whole story was clearly told through dance and music - and the magic of ballet." Western Mail (Peter & The Wolf)

"The magic of ballet and music brings the stuffed toys to life with wonderful clever touches.  The ballet ends with the girl embracing her stuffed toy birthday presents. "  Western Mail (Carnival of the Animals)

"The animals are cuddly toys come to life after being rejected by a borrible little girl.  We have great turtles that slide around the stage on skate boards, Cherna Inna carried aloft elegantly swims through the air and a pantomime elephant struts its stuff."  Echo (Carnival of the Animals)

  UK PRESS: 2006-2007

"As Snow White, Natalia Lazebnikova gave a fine performance, radiating a fresh sweetness and kindness in a somewhat taxing role." Balletco website

"The very graceful Natalia Lazebnikova performs some beautiful solo pieces, contrasted by the darker moves of the Wicked Queen. The orchestra effortlessly glides through some wonderful music, full of contrasts between the jovial, the romantic and the sinister.If you're new to ballet this will warm you to the dance genre, and leave you wanting more." Western Mail

"Performed by the Kiev Classical Ballet Snow White was a real feast of colour and humour.This was a magical way to finish the festive season." The Argus

"Kiev Classical Ballet chose Nutcracker to open its festive season.From the sparkle on the snow maiden's tutus to the special firework effects that shower like golden rain when the magician waves his wand, this interpretation holds its fairy tale quality all the way through." Metro

"Instead of the brashness and banality of much of today's Christmas we have the Nutcracker, an entertainment that is elegant, beautiful and invigorating from Kiev Classical Ballet, a company clearly steeped in the tradition of classical ballet." Western Mail

"Sleeping Beauty by Kiev Classical Ballet has the most magnificent set pieces that test the soloists to the limit.Andriy Gura is an outstanding Prince Florimund and his partner Tatyana Golyakova as Aurora is the star of the show.I cannot remember seeing a more perfect finale grand pas de deux in Cardiff." Western Mail

"Iryna Gordiichuk as Carabosse comes across as wicked to her fingertips. Tatyana Golyakova puts in a stunning turn as Aurora: serene and faultless in the famous rose adagio and in her fluid partnership with Andriy Gura."Metro

UK PRESS: 2005-2006

"A trip to catch this Nutcracker will have you full of festive spirit by the time you leave St Davids Hall in Cardiff."Western Mail

"A sumptuous production of the Nutcracker, with gorgeous costumes and decorative set, this production is perfect for any little would-be ballerina and grown-ups who love the dance."The Argus

"This Nutcracker has pretty much everything: sumptuous costumes in a dazzle of Quality Street colours, a live orchestra and beautifully light and precise performances in the leading roles." The Echo

"Cinderella was a challenging and ultimately satisfying piece, both in the music and dance …worth the ticket price just for the chance to hear Prokoviev's wonderful score played with richness and warmth."Western Mail

"The fairytale ballet Cinderella – complete with pumpkin, coach, the kitchen maid, her Prince Charming." The Echo

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