Russia: Ballet performance honours Tu-154 plane crash victims on one-year anniversary

The International Federation of Ballet Competitions and the theatre group Art-Laboratory presented a ballet performance titled 'Letters from the Front' at Moscow's Tryokhgorka Cultural Centre on Monday, in remembrance of the victims the Tu-154 plane crash, one year after the disaster. Ballet dancer Nina Madan said that the troupe «wanted to commemorate the anniversary of the terrible tragedy... Еще, which took place one year ago, on December 25, 2016. We wanted to dedicate this performance to [the victims of Tu-154 plane crash].» She went on to say that «our good friend Alexander Serov was killed during the plane crash. He was a ballet dancer. He danced there, but it was like he was on the frontline.» Wife of the Tu-154 plane crash victim Alexander Serov, Varvara Serova, who also participated in the performance, said that «one year has passed since the horrible tragedy on the Black Sea. We wanted to honour our friends, relatives and spouses.» The plane was carrying 92 people, including 84 passengers and eight crew members. The aircraft was bound for Khmeimim Airbase, in Syria's Latakia province, carrying the official army choir of the Russian armed forces, the Alexandrov Ensemble, also known as the Red Army Choir, on December 25, 2016. The musicians on board were due to take part in a New Year's performance.

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