“Before, when I was taking photographs in Ukraine, most people—even my friends—assumed that I was some kind of spy," says Crofts. "It was a legacy from Soviet days. People are much more open now and seem to have lost that traditional paranoia towards foreigners.”
“Swan Lake” is the backbone of any ballet repertory, but there is even more of an obligation in Lviv to stage traditional fare. This is a Hapsburg jewel of a city with an opera house to rival the Palais Garnier, and the public—especially the tourists who flock from nearby Poland—expect to see beauty and elegance on stage.