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Grand Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine | Forest Song & Don Quixote

From the trauma and heartbreak of war in their country to the major cities of the USA and Europe, and now to the stages of Australia, this is the Grand Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine.


The ballet will be touring Australia and New Zealand in 2023 with the double bill Forest Song and Don Quixote, stopping in Newcastle to perform at the Civic Theatre on 30 May. With two sensational performances, this magnificent evening of ballet is a not-to-be-missed experience.

Act One – The Ukrainian showpiece - Forest Song

This legendary ballet remains not only the pride of Ukraine but also of world choreography and cultural heritage for over 75 years, along with favourites such as Giselle and Swan Lake. Forest Song is a magical love story, full of mysticism alongside the conflict between the human world and nature. It tells a tale of love between a fantastical forest creature Mavka and a man, Lukash. The story is of the fearless and brave Mavka, who longs for peace in her world, just as Ukraine longs for peace in her country today. The ballet is filled with complex duets, fouettés and incredible choreographic pieces. This is the first time that Forest Song will be performed in Australia.

Act Two – Don Quixote

This flamboyant and festive Spanish ballet is a much-loved romantic comedy. It tells the story of a courageous but troubled man's quest for love. With gypsies, bullfighters, lavish costumes, breathtaking dancers and an inspiring music score, Don Quixote has been admired by both ballet connoisseurs and first-time audiences alike for over two centuries. The basis of this ballet is the love story of the flirtatious Kitrig and the poor barber Basil. They are prevented from being together by the bride's father, who plans to force his daughter to marry a more affluent groom. Don Quixote comes to assist the lovers, and the main characters receive their father's blessing.

For tickets, visit – but be quick – tickets will sell out.


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