Seldom does a Westerner win the trust of an eastern European ballet company. But, for our photo essay, SIMON CROFTS went backstage with the Lviv ballet—and even into the dancers’ homes. JULIE KAVANAGH, author of "Rudolf Nureyev: The Life" and a contributing editor to Intelligent Life magazine, writes about the ballet company.
Pictured: A stampede of swans to the dressing-room. The corps de ballet must return their pachki—their tutus—to the costume department to allow the staff to get home on time.