Ekaterina Kukhar spoke about the ballet soloist Alexander Shapoval, who died in battle
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Ballet star Ekaterina Kukhar told Focus about his colleague and partner Oleksandr Shapoval, who died defending Ukraine.
September 12, 47-year-old Oleksandr Shapoval, Honored Artist of Ukraine, soloist of the National operas. He volunteered for the defense, then became a grenade launcher in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. His colleague, ballet and TV star Ekaterina Kukhar answered Focus's questions about Alexander, whom she knew well – they were partners in different productions.
The death of Alexander Shapoval was reported by colleagues on the Internet, including the prima ballerina of the National Opera Ekaterina Kukhar.
“The heart refuses to believe in it. Today, the enemy claimed the life of Alexander Nikolayevich Shapoval,” she wrote on her blog. “Honored Artist of Ukraine, KSBC duet dance teacher. few who lived on the stage. And now his dance has become eternal. It hurts. It is difficult. Eternal and bright memory, Sasha. Forever in the heart, memory, soul.”
Focus has already talked about the feat of Alexander Shapoval. But we contacted Ekaterina Kukhar, who is now in Europe, to learn more about the outstanding person. And the artist answered our questions.
In what roles did Alexander stand out to you, and how exactly?
Alexander Shapoval was an incredible artist, colleague and partner. I have danced with him many times. He was incomparable in the role of Lukasz from “The Forest Song”, and his Escamillo from “Carmen” and the bullfighter in “Don Quixote” were always very sensual, passionate and temperamental. I do not know any of our colleagues who would not admire him. After all, his ability to give himself during the performance without a trace and the ability to reincarnate was always stunning.
What was his character? Relationships with colleagues? What kind of person was he?
The world of ballet is cruel enough, but Alexander Shapoval destroyed all stereotypes. He had an incredibly sensitive character, and someone else's grief never left him indifferent. He was always ready to drop everything and run to help. Open, sensitive, decent, there was no meanness, envy or arrogance in him. I can't believe I'm talking about him in the past… A very bright person!
Please tell us about his family.
I never talked to my wife, because she is not from the ballet world, which is a very rare case. I know that Alexander left two children. Oldest daughter who went to our college and little son.