SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - More than 300 Russian performers from the famous Bolshoi Ballet Troop are making their way to the Capital Region for a performance debut at SPAC.
Their tour of Don Quioxte only includes three stops in the United States, Washington D.C., New York City, and Saratoga Springs.
The President of SPAC says the performances show how competitive the community of Saratoga is becoming for the performing arts. Many local businesses are preparing for the Russian's visit by looking into local customs to make the dancers feel at home, like offering coffee and cookies upon arrival at their hotels.
However, not everyone in the community is excited for the visit. The local chapter of the Ukrainian Congress Committee says it plans on protesting the opening night performance on Tuesday.
“This is not a political event, that the arts bring people together, that’s one of its strengths, and I don’t think the arts should have any boundaries or any borders and clearly this performance should not be held hostage for any political conflict,” said Marcia White, President of SPAC.
The cast will be performing Don Quioxte at SPAC from Tuesday to Friday.