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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-15

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Jewish producer brings Bolshoi to Detroit.

BILL CARROLL
Special to the Jewish News

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Eden and an Armenian partner
started producing entertainment
shows in 1989 and guided a partial
troupe of Bolshoi dancers on an
extended American tour two years ago.
There will be three principal balleri-
nas alternating for the six performances
of Swan Lake, said Eden. "They and
the supporting dancers do an admirable
job fulfilling the balletic demands to
match the evocative musical score."
Swan Lake, based on an age-old leg-
end in which a lovely princess is turned
into a swan by an evil enchanter and

hose ballet aficionados
enthralled with the current
Degas dance exhibit at the
Detroit Institute of Arts
have another treat in store.
For the first time ever, the entire
Bolshoi Ballet troupe of 105 dancers
and support crew of 25 will visit
Detroit, with six performances Nov.
20-24 of Swan Lake.
A Jewish producer is bringing the
legendary Russian troupe to the
Motor City, and the company
will dance to music written by
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the
Russian composer strongly influ-
enced by two Jewish brothers.
Swan Lake is a joint presenta-
tion of Michigan Opera Theater
and University Musical Society
at the Detroit Opera House —
the only stage in the area big
enough to accommodate the
performance.
"Bolshoi means grand in
Russian and that's exactly what
this will be," stated David
"Swan Lake"• Best-loved ballet.
DiChiera, MOT's general
director.
"The Bolshoi has captured the imag- rescued by a handsome prince, was
regarded as a failure when it was first
ination of ballet lovers worldwide for
more than two centuries, and Bolshoi's performed in Moscow in 1877 — the
Bolshoi danced its world premiere.
grand tradition has become Moscow's
It was hailed as a success when the re-
great bridge to the outside world.
choreographed
version was staged in St.
"Bolshoi is renowned for artistic
Petersburg,
Russia,
in 1895 — two years
perfection, thrilling athleticism, superb
after Tchaikovsky's death at age 53.
ensemble skills and lavish sets and cos-
He studied at both the St.
tumes. They've really defined the con-
Petersburg and Moscow conservatories
cept of a dance 'spectacle."'
of music under their respective direc-
David Eden of David Eden
tors, Anton and Nicholas Rubenstein,
Productions and Ardani Artists
who
were of German-Jewish extrac-
Management said the troupe is look-
tion,
and were composers in their own
ing forward to the Detroit visit
right. Tchaikovsky was enthralled with
because it will be the first for most of
the Rubensteins and was strongly
its members.
influenced by their teachings. ❑
"We've all heard a lot about the revital-
ization of downtown Detroit," he said.
The performers were "shocked" by
The Bolshoi Ballet performs
the recent hostage-taking tragedy at a
Swan Lake at the Detroit Opera
Moscow theater, but "fortunately, none
House 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,
of them had relatives or friends who
Nov. 20; 8 p.m. Thursday-
were affected by the crisis," said Eden.
Saturday, Nov. 21-23; and 2 p.m.
The Bolshoi producer left Russia 20
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24.
years ago, spent four years in Israel, then
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came to America to complete his educa-
tion at Yale and Columbia universities.

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