The Ukrainian ballerinas were outside Odessa's military history museum, and, reports The Moscow Times, “was a nod to a Soviet-era tradition” when “state-run television traditionally aired classical music during periods of great change in the Soviet Union.”
Oleksiy Honcharenko, who presents the event on the YouTube clip, said,
For millions of Soviet people, a televised performance of Swan Lake signaled a change in the country's leadership — either the death of the Secretary-General, or his ouster as a result of a coup.
The video was relayed on Ukrainian television last Wednesday, and soon after was put up online.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.