Dancing towards Revolution in Kyiv

Photo Courtesy of Jack Devant Photography

Blair Ruble 12.11.14
Performing arts hold a special role in visualizing and connecting a society in the social, political, and ideological  shifts that eclipse them. In Kyiv, the unceremonious firing of public figure Denys Matvienko, Art Director of the globally-recognized National Ballet of Ukraine, spurred outcry from a public disgruntled by the systematic corruption of state officials who removed him. But this is not the only instance of its kind, nor is it the first. In our latest publication “Dancing Toward Revolution in Kyiv”, Director of the Urban Sustainability Lab Blair Ruble explores the linkages between the drama of the performing arts and political mobilization throughout history and the legacy those like Matvienko and the National Ballet of Ukraine leave on their communities.

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