The Wider Image: Ukrainian ballerina uprooted by war flies high again in Swan Lake
Ganna Muromtseva, 29, a professional ballerina from Ukraine who fled her country after Russia's invasion, and her colleague Boris Zhurilov attend a dance class for the Swan Lake ballet with master Irina Prokofieva, at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, Hungary, February 9, 2023. Muromtseva left Ukraine with just a bag when she was at the peak of her career at the National Opera of Ukraine, and after a year of trying to survive from one day to another and rebuilding herself as a dancer physically and mentally, she is now back at the top with the role of the White Swan and the Black Swan, which she had danced for more than five years as part of her Ukraine company in Kyiv, China and Tokyo before. "I'm happy to make a story on stage again," she said. "It is a totally different production (in Budapest), for me it feels like I really have to prove ... You have to be...very flexible in your head, not (just) in your body." REUTERS/Marton Monus SEARCH "MONUS BALLERINA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.