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But the
progress may be in danger of unraveling after the dismissal of Ukraine’s ballet
star Denis Matvienko, who’s been in charge of the ballet company for a year and
a half. He claims he’s been forced to leave the position.

In November
2011, world famous ballet dancer Matvienko was invited by Ukraine’s former Cultural
Minister Mykhailo Kulyniak to take the position of artistic director. During his
tenure, several world ballet premieres took place, including “Bayaderka” and “Radio
and Juliet.” Foreign ballet stars arrived such as Complexions Contemporary
Ballet.

“I didn’t
sign any documents, so I wasn’t officially employed, because during the year
the previous artistic director could challenge the decision in court and we
didn’t want any complications,” Matvienko explained during a press conference
on April 8. “But I had power of attorney and was actually doing my job.”

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