Breathtaking Fusion of Artistry and Compassion: National Ballet of Ukraine Mesmerizes Canadian Audiences While Sparking Vital Fundraising Efforts

In a breathtaking fusion of classical ballet and cultural celebration, the National Ballet of Ukraine, hailing from the illustrious Taras Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine, one of the finest dance companies in the world, is currently gracing stages across Canada with 21 performances of their enchanting show , “Nadiya Ukraine.”

This once-in-a-lifetime spectacle is a testament to the power of art in fostering unity and hope, drawing parallels between the artistic resilience of the ballet and the indomitable spirit of the Ukrainian people.
Principal Artists of the National Ballet of Ukraine performing the pas de deux in Don Quixote

Nadiya,” meaning “hope” in Ukrainian, becomes a poignant theme, intertwining the narratives of two nations as the performance artfully transcends borders. The tour has received the official endorsement of the Ukrainian government, offering Montreal and the rest of Canada a rare opportunity to witness the cultural richness and historical tapestry of Ukraine brought to life on stage.

The show is currently running in Montreal for four nights at Espace Saint-Denis, January 17, 18, 19 and 20th , 2024.

Featuring excerpts from timeless masterpieces such as “Le Corsaire” and “Don Quixote,” as well as dance numbers with music from Ukrainian composers such as “Skoryk“, the company’s repertoire, one of the world’s largest with 24 ballets, showcases the exceptional skill and artistry of its members. The National Ballet of Ukraine has a storied history with many notable dancers, contributing to its esteemed international reputation.

Curtain call for the company at Theatre St-Denis in Montreal

Adding a meaningful dimension to the tour, the production aligns with a humanitarian cause. Through the First Lady’s Olena Zelenska Foundation, audiences are provided with a chance to make a tangible impact on the lives of Ukrainians in need.

As an integral part of the experience, the First Lady, Olena Zelenska, addresses audiences via video before , shedding light on the pressing humanitarian situation and detailing the specific projects that the funds raised will support.

Audiences are not mere spectators; they are given the opportunity to contribute to the cause through tax-deductible donations based on their discretion. The tour serves as a platform for cultural exchange, artistic brilliance, and a call to action, encapsulating the transformative potential of art to drive positive change.

For those inspired to support the initiative or learn more about the fundraising efforts and tour sponsorships, the website offers a gateway to make a meaningful contribution.

With the donations collected, the tour hopes to help women, children and families who have been displaced and who desperately need food , medical supplies and other basic necessities.

The National Ballet of Ukraine’s “Nadiya Ukraine” tour is not just a visual feast for the senses but an invitation to partake in a shared journey of art, hope, and compassion.

In a recent interview, the troupe told  CBC that the performances will continue to celebrate “art and beauty over tyranny and destruction” and expressed gratitude for Canadians who have supported Ukraine.

Tour schedule:

Espace Saint-Denis
January 17, 18, 19, 20 2024


National Arts Centre
January 21 2024

CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre
January 24, 25, 26, 27 2024

For the complete touring schedule, please visit The National Ballet of Ukraine’s official Website: