By Taruka Srivastava, Freelance journalist

September 13, 2022 | 2 min read

London’s Covent Garden is to host a unique art installation to support the displaced United Ukrainian Ballet’s production of Giselle. This stunning ad from Mother teases the much-awaited event.

The United Ukrainian Ballet will take to the stage in London to highlight how the displaced performers cannot be defeated. Amid the war in Ukraine, statues and cultural monuments have been entombed in sandbags to ensure their survival against the missiles and bombs of war.

The film shows Christine Shevchenko, a Ukrainian-American dancer from Odessa and a principal for the American Ballet company, performing atop white sandbags as the ‘Defiant Dancer’ symbolizing the preservation and protection of Ukrainian culture.

Other dancers will take her place throughout the day from September 13-17 at London’s Coliseum. The film and visuals are part of the social media campaign.

The ‘Defiant Dancer’ was created by Mother, in collaboration with Biscuit Filmworks, and directed by choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.


Client: United Ukrainian Ballet Company

Creative: Mother

Strategy: Mother

Production: Biscuit Filmworks

Photographer: Diana Andrunyk

Production company: Biscuit Filmworks x Revolver

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 from Location22: Ryan Green

Stills photographer: Diana Andrunyk

Editor @ the Quarry: Victoria Man

Stunts coordinator: Justin Pearson

Sound design: Sam Robson

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