We follow 21 dancers from Ukraine's famed National Opera and Ballet Theater on their summer Japan tour. Since Russia's invasion, many company members escaped Kyiv for cities across Europe to continue practicing their art. But they have conflicted feelings about leaving their families back home. In their first overseas tour they reunite in Japan to perform in 16 cities and honor their country. NHK cameras capture the company members' month-long emotional journey.
National Ballet of Ukraine principal dancers, Anna Muromtseva and Nikita Sukhorukov
Former ballet dancer Terada Nobuhiro and his mother Michiko cultivated deep ties with Ukraine's ballet world
Students at Michiko's ballet school practice the Hopak, Ukraine's folk dance
Dancers perform Hopak for the first time since Russia's invasion