|MOISEYEV STILL FLYING HIGH|
by Willard Manus
LOS ANGELES-- The
MOISEYEV DANCE COMPANY, which made a
Famed for its eclectic approach to folk dance--and for its high-flying theatrics and athleticism--MDC has won world-wide popularity over the years. Drawing on a repertoire of over 200 dances, not only from Russia but Spain, Argentina and the USA (to name but a few), the MDC can be counted on to deliver top-notch entertainment wherever it performs.
Though some of its
pieces suffer from kitsch--happy peasants gamboling in the woods ("Summer"),
cowboy-dancers jangling their spurs ("Gaucho")--the
was spurred on by the large numbers of Russian emigres in the Wilshire
Theater audience, who shouted, sang and applauded along with every move
the dancers made. The most crowd-pleasing numbers were
All fourteen dances on the program were choreographed by Moiseyev. Though the touring company dances to pre-recorded music (which sometimes sounds tinny), it does feature the balalaika and accordion masters, Victor Kolobkov and Vasily Gvozdev.
The MSD was presented at the Wilshire Theatre by Broadway/LA. For US tour information call (2120 556-6770 or Ticketmaster.