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Young Ukrainian Dancers, Trapped Abroad, Get Paris Residency

Ukrainian dancers of the Kyiv City Ballet company acknowledge applause in front of Ukrainian flag projected onto a screen at the end of a performance, at the Theatre de Chatelet, in Paris, Tuesday, March 8, 2022. The Kyiv City Ballet danced to a full house in Paris for the last show of a French tour that has left the company stranded after the war broke out in Ukraine. They described being physically and emotionally exhausted. Being given the opportunity to train and dance was for many a chance to focus on something other than the war.  (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Ukrainian dancers of the Kyiv City Ballet company acknowledge applause in front of Ukrainian flag projected onto a screen at the end of a performance, at the Theatre de Chatelet, in Paris, Tuesday, March 8, 2022. The Kyiv City Ballet danced to a full house in Paris for the last show of a French tour that has left the company stranded after the war broke out in Ukraine. They described being physically and emotionally exhausted. Being given the opportunity to train and dance was for many a chance to focus on something other than the war. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Paris (AP) -- The dancers are torn between body and mind — physically on stage in Paris but in spirit back home in Kyiv.

In other circumstances, the Kyiv City Ballet's residency at the Théâtre du Chatelet would be a dream come true, but the stranded company of young dancers feels little but heartbreak.