Tops in balletTo the balletomane, "Stars of..." usually...


October 30, 1997|By Judith Green

Tops in ballet

To the balletomane, "Stars of..." usually signals a couple of big-name dancers and a small corps of women taking to the road in the off season to make a little money.

But the "Stars of the Kirov Ballet," coming next week to perform at the Naval Academy, really are stars. They include the fragile Zhanna Ayupova, a definitive Giselle, and such top-ranked soloists as Yulia Makhalina, Veronika Ivanova and Margarita Kulik.

Konstantin Zaklinsky and Vladimir Kim are among the men, and their leader is Farukh Ruzimatov, one of the world's great dancers. The program includes his signature piece, the "Corsaire" pas de deux, which he performs with Diana Vishneva.

The repertory is all excerpts, including the "White Swan" adagio from "Swan Lake" and part of "Sheherazade" by Mikhail Fokine. But the program includes a sampler of works that rarely travel outside Russia, among them "Venice Carnival" from "Satanilo" and "Arlequinada," both by Marius Petipa, founder of the company in the 1870s, and the "Diana and Actaeon" pas de deux, a virtuoso work by Alexander Gorsky, who led the Bolshoi Ballet into the Soviet era.

Vishneva and Ruzimatov also will dance "Carmen," arranged from the opera into a ballet score by Rodion Shchedrin for his wife, the great ballerina Maya Plisetskaya.

"Stars of the Kirov Ballet" will perform at 7: 30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Bob Hope Performing Arts Center, Alumni Hall, U.S. Naval Academy, 675 Decatur Road, Annapolis. Tickets are $15-$24. Call 410-268-6060.

Tapping away

Who says real men don't dance? Consider "Tap Dogs," six bruisers from Australia who perform industrial-strength tap in blue jeans and Blundstone work boots.

All these guys were unemployed dancers working on a construction crew when Dein Perry, their leader, decided to capitalize on their blue-collar charm.

Their rough-and-tumble tap is as macho as it can be, and also -- since it's performed on girders -- as loud as it can be. The choreography won Perry an Olivier Award, London's version of the Tony Award, in 1996.

"Tap Dogs" opens Tuesday and runs through Nov. 9 at the Mechanic Theater. Performances are at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday through Nov. 7, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Nov. 8, 3 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. Nov. 9. Tickets are $16.50-$35.50. Call 410-752-1200.

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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