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Russian prima ballerina Olga Smirnova left her home country to pursue a dance career in the Netherlands after her public denunciation of the Russia-Ukraine war.
The world-renowned ballerina has joined the Dutch National Ballet and will star in “several performances” in the next month, including a starring role in the ballet “Raymonda” – a legendary show choreographed by French dancer Marius Petipa in 1898, the This was announced by the Dutch ballet company.
Smirnova, who has danced in various ballet performances with Moscow’s historic Bolshoi Theater over the past decade, has spoken out against the Russian invasion of Ukraine on social media and found the answer in her “unsustainable” home country, has wrote the Dutch National Ballet in a press release.
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In early March, Smirnova shared a statement about her thoughts on the Russia-Ukraine war on Telegram, a free instant messaging system where posts can be shared with the public.
“I have to be honest and say that I am against war with all the fibers of my soul,” Smirnova wrote in her message on Telegram. “It’s not just about every other Russian who maybe has relatives or friends living in Ukraine, or my grandfather who is Ukrainian and me for a quarter of a Ukrainian. It’s just that we continue to live like this is the 20th century, too. if we formally moved into the 21st century “.
He went on to say that he expects “civil societies to resolve political issues only through peaceful negotiations” and is ashamed of Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
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“It hurts that people die, that people lose their roofs over their heads or are forced out of their homes,” he continued. “We may not be the epicenter of the military conflict, but we cannot remain indifferent to this global catastrophe.”
Smirnova also noted that she thinks the Dutch National Ballet will be a “good choice” for her personally and professionally and that she had previously considered leaving the Bolshoi Theater before the war, but “current circumstances have accelerated this. process”.
Fox News Digital has reached out to the Dutch National Ballet for comment.
The 60-year-old dance company noted that it is delighted that Smirnova is joining its performance team, in its press release, which was released on Wednesday, March 16.
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“Olga Smirnova is an exceptional dancer who I admire very much,” said Ted Brandsen, director of the Dutch National Ballet.
He continued: “It is a privilege to have her dance with our company in the Netherlands, although the circumstances that have guided this move are incredibly sad. However, as a company we are delighted to have such an inspiring dancer to join us at the Dutch National. Ballet.”
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The Bolshoi Theater isn’t the only Russian performance company to lose a prominent dancer to the war.
Brazilian soloist Victor Caixeta, 22, left the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg for the Dutch National Ballet.
In a statement, Caixeta said, “Current circumstances have meant that I had to make the difficult decision to leave Russia – the place I have called home for nearly five years, as well as the theater that gave me such an amazing start. my professional career “.
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Smirnova and Caixeta will both dance in “Raymonda”, which will premiere on April 3rd.