In Odessa four brave cygnets danced to Tchaikovsky's music in front of military tanks.
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.
Because Vladimir Putin has made a fatal mistake by unleashing aggression against Ukraine, today Odessa, as a cultural capital, performs for him this portentous work.
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.
Thank you for posting this. I love it — it’s just the first good anti-Putin thing I’ve seen. Brave girls!!
Si, mientras estas mujeres bailaban, sus hermanos ULTRADERECHISTAS UKRANIANOS ,quemaban VIVOS a a cientos de personas en un edificio, incluyendo mujers y niños
por que esta alterado mi comentario ?
What a subtle, elegant and classy way to send a message around the world. Bravi!
I don’t think Swan Lake music was ever used at the Soviet political turmoil. They got wrong.