The Kyiv City Ballet landed in France on Feb. 23, but the Russian invasion of Ukraine, just before its first performance, has made it nearly impossible for the company to return to Kyiv after its French tour. Paris City Hall is giving the ballet a temporary residency at the Thtre du Chtelet. In Warsaw, the Polish National Ballet is offering shelter to about 30 Ukrainian dancers. In Budapest, the Hungarian State Opera Ballet plans to offer positions to Ukrainian dancers and has taken in some students. In Prague, the Czech National Ballet wants to provide a safe place to practice and offer ballet studios to at least give hope to Ukrainian dancers. But in Kyiv, the Taras Shevchenko National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine has been closed since Russia invaded. Some of the 170 dancers have taken trains west while others are sheltering with their families in the city.

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