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Grand Kyiv Ballet’s “Giselle” takes center stage at Patriots Theater


Grand Kyiv Ballet will perform the timeless ballet masterpiece, “Giselle,” at the Patriots Theater at The War Memorial in Trenton, N.J., for one night only, at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2.

The production will showcase the talents of the Grand Kyiv Principal dancers Kateryna Kukhar and Oleksandr Stoianov, both hailing from the National Opera of Ukraine.

Recognized as one of the greatest dramatic love stories ever told, the ballet recounts the tale of Giselle and the Willis, young unmarried girls betrayed by their lovers who meet their untimely demise. Overwhelmed by sorrow and anger, they transform into the malevolent Willis, seeking retribution and settling scores.

Principal Dancers Kateryna Kukhar and Oleksandr Stoianov, who now call Seattle their temporary home due to the conflict in Ukraine, were continents away when the war erupted. Originally planning to return to Kyiv, their lives were upended when they received news at 5 a.m. of the war’s outbreak and bombings.

Parents to two children, the couple undertook extraordinary efforts, with the help of friends and family, and worked tirelessly to evacuate their children from Ukraine. Family members, including Kateryna’s parents, chose to remain in Kyiv.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at: A portion of the proceeds from this event will be directed towards the renovation efforts of the Kyiv State Choreographic College.

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