October 14, 1991 |
Under normal circumstances, dancers must overcome sore muscles in performance. The dancers of the Donetsk Ballet, in the Ukraine, had to cope with inactive muscles yesterday afternoon, when the ensemble led by Vadim Pisarev danced at Drexel University's Mandell Theater. For the last several months the company has been sitting idle in Philadelphia after an American tour collapsed in Baltimore - idle, that is, except for fighting numerous legal battles with the very gentlemen who had supposedly come to their rescue in the spring.
March 7, 1989 |
The saga of the Donetsk Ballet drew to a hastily arranged but happy conclusion last night when the Soviet company opened a two-performance run at the Shubert Theater before returning home to Ukraine tomorrow. In honor of the company's surprise visit to Philadelphia, words of welcome were spoken by city officials, and Donetsk artistic director Vladimir Shumeikin spoke warm words of thanks. The Soviet company, as you probably know by now, landed in Baltimore at the beginning of February to begin a two-month tour of the Midwest and West Coast.
September 25, 1991 |
The news in Common Pleas Court was mixed yesterday for a group of Soviet ballet dancers fighting eviction from their temporary quarters in a Germantown apartment complex. The bad news is that they now face further legal action as efforts continue to force them out. The not-quite-so-bad news is that those efforts must proceed in an orderly fashion according to law. "The main result is that we have some time now," said Vadim Pisarev, the 26-year-old star of the Donetsk Ballet, who is doing more testifying than dancing these days.
September 17, 1991 |
It was a courtly scene, full of pathos, conflict and a hint of intrigue, as Russian ballet star Vadim Pisarev performed a Philadelphia original, "Dance of the Apartment Keys. " It was set not in gentle Swan Lake but hip Alden Park, and would not be confused with the "The Nutcracker Suite. " More perhaps, "A Locksmith's Delight. " Pisarev, a lithe 26-year-old from the Ukraine, performed yesterday in Common Pleas Court. Elsewhere in the world, he's been called one of the best, compared with ballet superstars Baryshnikov and Nureyev.
September 18, 1991 |
Members of a Soviet ballet company, facing eviction from an apartment house in Germantown and unclear prospects, may soon be dancing behind the footlights, after all. A group of Philadelphians has formed to try to give them a future. The group, Friends of the Russian Ballet, has been organized by a Fairmount doctor named Keith J. Keefer, who has provided medical help to the dancers during the past few weeks. Keefer said yesterday that the new group hopes the ballet will be performing next month.
November 30, 2003 |
"Put nicely your presents, nice, nice, nice, and then go. " Forty youths in leotards swiftly responded to Viktor Yeliohin's sharp order, discernible despite a thick Ukrainian accent. Across the wooden floor they flitted, then one by one gingerly placed a glittery gift in a designated spot beneath an imaginary Christmas tree. Grace and giddy excitement ruled. It was the last rehearsal before the local ballet dancers, ages 6 through 20, perform The Nutcracker at the Scottish Rite Auditorium.
February 22, 1989 |
If all had gone according to plan, the Donetsk Ballet from the Soviet Union would now be quietly busing across Ohio for a series of one-night stands, unobserved by the nation's cultural capitals and news media. But because of a managerial debacle, events went not at all according to plan. As a result, this ballet troupe from a relatively obscure city in the Ukraine has found itself the centerpiece of an NBC news program and the recipient of a new itinerary of plum engagements. Tonight it begins a week-long run at New York's City Center.
October 13, 1991 |
They could be called the Flying Dutchmen of the ballet world. Two U.S. tours in the last three years have run aground in Baltimore, leaving the dancers of the Donetsk Ballet Theater, a Ukrainian company of international reputation, stranded in a strange land. Twice in the last three years, they've foundered on the brink of eviction from temporary American quarters - most recently last month in Philadelphia, where a bitter and labyrinthine legal dispute has beached them.
November 28, 2003 |
Maurice Ravel's brooding, sumptuous Piano Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand has become a touchstone for pianist Gary Graffman, who recently celebrated his 75th birthday. Graffman, the Curtis Institute's president, lost the use of his right hand some years back, and this challenging, one-movement work has been the nucleus of his repertoire - though recently enlarged by commissions. Ravel's music is spellbindingly original, often asking the pianist to exploit the upper (right-hand)
December 6, 2002 |
The sounds of the season are about to ring out throughout the region, with music of every persuasion to embellish your holiday. Here are some can't-miss choices to stir the spirit. Today 8 p.m.: The Philly Pops' annual holiday concert features guest Ann Hampton Callaway, a 150-member chorus, antiphonal trumpets and a sing-along, plus music from their new "Holiday POPS" CD. Repeat performances at 2 p.m. tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall. $25-$100.