Ballet dancer

Defiant ballet dancer urges protection of Ukrainian arts and culture

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

The United Ukrainian Ballet will take the stage in London to highlight how displaced artists cannot be defeated. In the midst of the war in Ukraine, statues and cultural monuments were buried in sandbags to ensure their survival against war missiles and bombs.

The film shows Christine Shevchenko, a Ukrainian-American dancer from Odessa and director of the American Ballet company, performing on white sandbags as a “Provocative Dancer” symbolizing the preservation and protection of Ukrainian culture.

Other dancers will take his place throughout the day from September 13 to 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

Producer: The Glue Society

BTS Director: Nathan Miller

Managing Director: Rupert Reynolds-Maclean

Executive Producer: Samantha Chitty

Producer: Yuri Galitsky

Production designer: Mikey Hollywood

Location22 Location Manager: Ryan Green

Photographer: Diana Andrunyk

Editor @ the Quarry: Victoria Man

Stunt Coordinator: Justin Pearson

Sound Design: Sam Robson