| 15.7°C Dublin

'tragic attack' Bord Gais Theatre cancels Swan Lake performances in solidarity with Ukraine

The Helix Theatre also cancelled performances by The Royal Moscow Ballet

Close

Swan Lake performed by the St Petersburg Ballet

Swan Lake performed by the St Petersburg Ballet

Swan Lake performed by the St Petersburg Ballet

The Bord Gais theatre have cancelled a number of upcoming Swan Lake performances in solidarity with Ukraine.

In a statement the theatre announced that performances of the Russian ballet between March 29th and April 3rd were cancelled.

“The Bord Gais Energy Theatre stand firmly behind the people and nation of Ukraine and has today taken the decision to cancel the upcoming performances of Swan Lake by St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre which were scheduled to take place from 29 March to 3. April 2022.

“We hope for a diplomatic, swift, and more peaceful resolution to this tragic attack.

“We will be in touch with customers in the coming days with more information and we appreciate your patience at this time.”

On Friday, DCU cancelled a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake by The Royal Moscow Ballet following the “truly shocking events” in Ukraine.

In a statement, the college said that they decided to cancel the show to send a message to the Russian government and to show solidarity to the Ukrainian people.

“The Royal Moscow Ballet has been touring Ireland annually for over 10 years,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

“The company is made up of many different nationalities - Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Uzbeks, Japanese, Irish and Polish cast and crew, who have travelled, worked and lived together for years.

“However, as a result of the truly shocking events that are unfolding in Ukraine, is it crucial that Dublin City University and all civilised countries takes all practical steps to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and send an unambiguous message to the Russian Government that their deplorable actions have consequences that will have impact across political, economic, sporting and cultural spheres at all levels.”

They have advised that those with tickets for the show would be refunded as soon as possible.

A spokesperson for The Royal Moscow Ballet said that the multi-national group have been coming to Ireland annually for over 10 years now and always look forward to their annual tour of Ireland.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

“The company is and has always been made up of different nationalities and on the 2022 tour we have Russian nationals, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Uzbekistan nationals, Japanese, Irish and Polish cast and crew, side by side, who have travelled, worked and lived together for years," they said.

"We are young artists who just want to perform the art form we love and have done since childhood and bear no political leanings whatsoever and remain united as a group and as friends and wish only to spread the joy of our art form and culture throughout Ireland we have done for the last 10 years."

The spokesperson added, “We hope this helps to clarify the diversity of our ballet company and that we don’t carry any political message on this tour. We simply dance for peace.”

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Top Videos





Available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts.

Privacy