The Michigan Daily Sunday, April 3, 1983 Page 5
By Julie Winokur
T HE AMERICAN BALLET Theater
returns to Detroit this week with a
*.line-up of dancers and choreographers
to rival an edition of Who's Who in Dan-
Under the artistic direction of
Mikhail Baryshnikov, ABT seems to
have chosen variety as their foremost
goal and the company's April 5-10
appearance at the Masonic Temple
promises a goal fulfilled.
Tuesday night's opening will feature
three Detroit premieres: Jerome Rob-
bins' Other Dances, John McFall's In-
terludes and St'gust Bournonville's
Baryshnikov will appear with Gelsey
Kirkland in Other Dances, a lyrical
piece originally choreographed for
Baryshnikov and Natalia Makarova at
the New York City Ballet.
Baryshnikov, whose credentials are
perhaps the most impressive in the
world of dance, seems to personify en-
tertainment itself. His abilities are un-
surpassed and the scope of his talent
has been explored through American
debuts with American Ballet Theater
and The New York City Ballet.
The list of choreographers who have
f'eatured Baryshnikov includes such
diverse artists as George Balanchine,
Elliot Feld and Merce Cunningham.
In addition to Other Dances,
Baryshnikov will appear in three
ballets during his Detroit engagement.
La Sylphide, a Scottish classic
choreographed by August Bournon-
ville, will feature Baryshnikov with
Cheryl Yeager Wednesday night. Also
Wednesday, ABT's prodigy, 20-year-old
Susan Jaffe, will appear in Lynne
Taylor-Corbett's The Great Galloping
Baryshnikov will appear again in
Thursday night's company premiere of
Twyla Tharp's The Little Ballet. If
this, Tharp's second work for ABT,
resembles her first, Push Comes to
Shove, the audience is guaranteed an
exciting contrast to any of the com-
pany's other works. The prowess of
ABT's dancers promises to add the
polish and technique necessary to make
Tharp's choreography dance.
Robert LaFosse leaps with the American Ballet Theater this week at
Detroit's Masonic Temple Theatre.
The Little Ballet will be performed
again Friday night along with ap-
pearances by Gelsey Kirkland, Robert
La Fosse, and The Turning Point's
Leslie Browne in The Great Galloping
Swedish-born Johan Renvall will also
be appearing this week in two ballets.
Saturday night, he will perform John
McFall's Follow The Feet with
Ronald Perry. At Sunday's matinee,
Renvall will appear in Balanchine's
Bourree Fantasque with Leslie
Browne and Cynthis Harvey.
Under the direction of Baryshnikov,
ABT's repertoire has expanded and
diversified in-a short time. This week's
engagement is an excellent sampling of
the company's variety and outstanding
talent as it showcases the stars of ballet
Tickets, priced at $5-$25, are
available at the Masonic Box Office and
all CTC outlets. For further infor-
mation, call 832-2232.
to soothe Union
GETTING GEARED UP for the end of term? Relax,
you've got a couple weeks before study week and
enough time to take in a soothing performance of piano
Providing the aural release is School of Music master's
candidate Stephanie Leon, who gives a recital this coming
Tuesday in the Pendleton room of the Michigan Union.
Leon, one of Michigan's most promising pianists, has won a
number of competitions, including the Grosse Pointe Sum-
mer Music Festival Annual Piano Competition, and the
University's 1981 Concerto Competition. She has also ap-
peared with the Detroit Symphony,; the New Orleans
Philharmonic, and other orchestras.
Tuesday's 8 p.m. concert continues the Michigan Union's
successful Concert of the Month Program. Leon will perform
Beethoven's Sonata in C major, Sergei Prokofieff's Sonata
No. 2 in D minor, as well as several shorter works by
Admission is free; take a break for some pleasing piano
- Ben Ticho
... performs Beethoven and more
The blues are alive for all to
By Deborah Robinson
ANDY COHEN, a young revivalist
guitar player from Ohio, and Blind
Jim Brewer, an older Chicago Blues
man, kept the basement at the Blind
Pig rolling Friday and Saturday nights
with a variety of blues, religious music,
rags and boogie.
Cohen opened the first set demon-
strating a great versatility of repetoire
which included fast shuffle blues,
Salvation Army songs, island tunes of
Joseph Spence, Reverend Gary Davis
numbers and tunes and songs from
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great vigor. He also did a few songs on
six string banjo and old time fiddle.
Following the opening set, Jim
Brewer, straight from Mississippi via
forty years on the Chicago blues scene,
made his way to the stage. Brewer has
the grace of a man who has been
playing his music for a very long time.
He sang blues in the understated
mellow manner that seeps inside you
even as you drink and chat; his deep
soft voice and the light knowing touch of
calloused fingers on the strings picked
out many layered patterns of blue.
Blind Jim was up there on stage
crooning, "I want you to roll me like.
grandma rolled the flour dough"; my
ears were nutty to the sound.
for a few sacred songs at the upright.
Technically, Brewer did miss a few
notes. He sang a West Virginia version
of "Amazing Grace," backing himself
up with simple chords, and the result
was a deeply spiritual rendition of an
often wornout sounding standard.
Brewer moved back to guitar with a
few more religious songs then slid back
into the blues. He could have played all
night seemingly, and I could happily