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December 22, 1995 - Image 61

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-12-22

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Mark your calendars for the following ad-
ditional performances and events listed be-
low. Those interested in arranging for other
programs can call Alva Dworkin at (810)

Cinderella: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 27, at the Children's Museum in De-
Tuesday, March 26, at the West Bloom-
field Public Library (time to be announced).

said Gozman, the artistic director who
rents a Pontiac studio, where he has
constructed a large, portable stage used
for rehearsals and actual engagements.
"When people get older, puppets help
them keep their imagination."
In the couple's native land, puppetry
is a popular form of entertainment sub-
sidized by the government. Young stu-
dents may see a puppet show each
month in their schools.
PuppetArt tapped into the imagina-
tion of local audiences with its area per-
formance debut last year of
Puriinshpiel, an adaptation of a holi-
day work by Russian poet Itzak
Manger. The script, which calls for 13
rod puppets, combines Yiddish and
Cinderella is a production brought
to PuppetArt by Natasha Khousid, a
longtime friend of the founders and pro-
fessor of performing arts in Russia's St.
Petersburg. Khousid travels to the
States as a consultant and thought the

Firebird: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at
the Civic Theatre, Grand River and Farm-
ington Road, in Farmington.
Saturday, March 23, at the Southfield
Civic Center (time to be announced).

A puppet-eye
view of
operators Irina
and Natasha

nine puppets and show created by her
students would be right for PuppetArt.
Firebird, which uses 12 puppets of
all types, has a script written by Lyud-
mila Mikheyenko, another immigrant
who became acquainted with Gozman
and Baranovskaya in the United
States. She provides her own spin on
the Russian folk tale.
Alva Dworkin, a retired art teacher
who grew up in Detroit, befriended the
artists and works closely with their
nonprofit organization promoting pro-
ductions and helping to get bookings.

Purimshpiel: 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 1,
at Temple Emanu-El.
10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, March
6, at Adat Shalom.

Puppet Workshop for Families: Sunday,
Feb. 18, at the Jewish Community Center
in Oak Park (time to be announced).

Dworkin reports that the Jewish Com-
munity Center and Workmen's Circle
were among those giving early support
to PuppetArt, and sponsors are being
sought to help expand audiences.
Gozman, who works with computers
to earn a living for his wife and two chil-
dren, hopes that one day PuppetArt
will reach a point where it can provide
him with a full-time salary. Current
proceeds pay for supplies and equip-
To keep him in touch with puppetry
around the world, Gozman seeks mem-

The cast of Firebird, with
Natasha Khousid, Igor
Gozman and Irina

bership in associated organizations and
projects, including the International
Workshop of Synthesis and Theatre.
"My goals are to establish a puppet
center that people can visit as a muse-
um, look to as a quality theater and
have available for classes at profes-
sional and beginning levels," said Goz-
man, who is pleased that his
16-year-old son, Korey, volunteers to
assist him with stage arrangements
nd other theater needs.
The family is looking forward to an-
other staged event and one of the op-
portunities they had in mind when they
made their decision to move to the
United States — Korey's belated bar
mitzvah, which will be celebrated at
Temple Emanu-El.

e Cinderella will be presented at

1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the
Creative ARTS Center, 47 Williams
Street, Pontiac. A reception with the
artists will follow the performance.
Tickets are 83.50 for adults and
$2.50 for children 6-12. For infor-
mation, call (810) 333-7849.

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