Stunning art installation pays homage to defiant Ukrainian ballet dancers

'The Defiant Dancer' was created by Mother London to promote performance of 'Giselle' by United Ukrainian Ballet

Published On
Sep 12, 2022

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With the United Ukrainian Ballet set to to perform "Giselle" in London this week in aid of Ukraine, Mother London and Biscuit Filmworks' Glue Society created a stunning art installation in London's Covent Garden to publicize the performances.

In Ukraine, statues and cultural monuments are entombed in sandbags to ensure their survival against the missiles and bombs of war. So the "Defiant Dancer" installation depicted a ballerina posing atop among hundreds of protecting sandbags, forming a giant ballet dress. 

Ukranian ballerina dancing atop a tall pile of sandbags, closeup

Christine Shevchenko, a Ukrainian-American dancer from Odessa and a principal for the American Ballet company, premiered the performance, with other dancers taking her place throughout the day. The event was captured on film to form part of a social media campaign being pushed out today on cultural and dance-related channels. 


Ukranian ballerina dancing atop a tall pile of sandbags, ariel view

All profits from ticket sales of the performance go to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and the United Ukrainian Ballet Foundation - which exists to protect, support and spread Ukrainian culture.

Ukranian ballerina dancing atop a tall pile of sandbags


Sep 12, 2022
Client :
United Ukrainian Ballet Company
Agency :
Creative :
Strategy :
Photographer :
Diana Andrunyk
Production Company :
Biscuit Filmworks
Director :
The Glue Society
BTS Director :
Nathan Miller
Managing Director :
Rupert Reynolds-MacLean
Executive Producer :
Samantha Chitty
Producer :
Yuri Galitsky
Production Designer :
Mikey Hollywood
Location Manager :
Ryan Green
Editor :
Victoria Man
Stunt Coordinator :
Justin Pearson
Sound Design :
Sam Robson

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