Mowgli's adventuresThe adventures of Mowgli, the Indian...


October 16, 1997|By Judith Green

Mowgli's adventures

The adventures of Mowgli, the Indian orphan raised by wolves in Rudyard Kipling's wonderful set of children's tales called "The Jungle Books," will be retold in a production by Ohio Ballet that will be presented Tuesday at the Gordon Center in Owings Mills.

A co-production by the Akron-based ballet company and the Bharata Kalanjali Dance Company of Madras, India, the ballet features a mixture of Indian bharataz-natyam dance and Western ballet, performed by dancers of both companies. Original music is by the Indian composer and poet Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao.

Mowgli and his animal friends -- Bagheera the black panther, Baloo the brown bear and Kaa the rock python, as well as monkeys, birds and the wolf pack -- come alive in fabulous costumes by A. Christina Giannini. Kaa the python is particularly sinuous, played by a female dancer in a slinky, diamond-pattern, pale green unitard.

"The Jungle Book" will be performed at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Tickets are $40 for adults, $23 for students. Call 410-356-7469.

Dracula turns 100

Dracula, the bloodthirsty count from Transylvania, is centuries old. (He is, after all, undead.) However, the Victorian thriller by Bram Stoker is 100 years old this year, in honor of which comes a new full-length dance production by Ballet Theater of Annapolis, which premieres this weekend.

The title role will be danced by Dmitry Tuboltsev, formerly of the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovitch of Moscow. As Mina, his chosen bride, the production features Natasha Kirjanov. The ballet was choreographed by artistic director Edward Stewart to music from the films "Dracula" and "Interview with a Vampire."

Performances of "Dracula" are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and children. Call 410-263-2909.

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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