Foreigners with our citizenship (5): Fascinated by mentality

Famous ballet artist Konstantin Kostujkov also has a Serbian passport. After the divorce from his first wife Julia, fate brought him to the then state of Yugoslavia. He got a business engagement in the Belgrade National Theater in 1991, and then numerous roles in the most famous ballet performances of this theater followed. When Julia lost her job in Kiev, Aljoša’s son moved to Belgrade to live with Konstantin.

– In the nineties of the last century, times of crisis arose for the former Soviet Union, which was in the phase of disintegration. I received a good offer from the capital of Yugoslavia before the crisis and the disintegration of the then state began, and I accepted the engagement. I was fascinated by the mentality of Serbs, which is similar to Russian, and I had a large audience that respected my work. There were a number of roles in ballet performances: “Don Quixote”, “Swan Lake”, “Giselle”, “Lady with Camellias”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Scheherazade”, “Odyssey”, “Romeo and Juliet”. In parallel with business successes, beautiful things happened on a personal level as well. He is married to prima ballerina Duško Dragičević and has a son Andrej.

Ballet dancer Sergej Polunjin, whose father Konstantin Kostjukov was the first ballet teacher, also received Serbian citizenship.

– I am not the only one who supports your country and people, Serbia is the one who supports me and my art, and that is why I am always with you – said Sergej Polunjin at the time.

One of the brightest ballet stars of today is originally from Ukraine, who proudly carries a Russian, but also a Serbian passport.

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