UK: St. Petersburg ballet about refugee crisis prepares for London debut

The famous St. Petersburg ballet held a dress rehearsal of their new ballet "Her Name Was Carmen" at the Coliseum theatre in central London, Monday.
The play is the brainchild of prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova and her husband Konstantin Tachkin, founder of the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre and puts a spotlight on the plight of refugees in Europe. The show will officially debut for the first time on Tuesday for four performances in London. The theatre hopes to tour the production in 2017.
"Our mission is to attract attention and tell people that refugees are like we are - we are people, they are people and all of us can be in this situation," said Tachkin, while Kolesnikova cited the situation of refugee children as her motivation: "I really needed to help these children because I cried when I saw this child and I understood I can help."

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