East meets West with a Penn twist

Out of the ruins of a 1991 tour, a partnership has arisen between one of the Ukraine's top ballet companies and a ballet academy in Germantown. The fruits of that partnership will be on display Nov. 28 and 29 when the Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine performs "The Nutcracker" in the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre.

Members of the Donetsk company, led by award-winning principal dancers Vadim Pisarev and Inna Dorofeyeva, will dance the adult roles, and 60 students from the International Ballet Exchange, a partnership between the Donetsk Ballet and the Wissahickon Dance Academy, will dance the children's roles. The children include four Penn faculty and staff offspring - (from left to right) Molly Rose, daughter of Career Services Director Patricia Rose; John Gluckman, son of Dr. Stephen Gluckman, director of clinical services in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Medical Center; Jessica Hershberg, daughter of Professor of Public Policy and History Ted Hershberg; and Alexandra Ewing, daughter of Thomas Ewing, associate director for design and construction in Facilities Services - all training under Ballet Master Viktor Yeliohin, a former Donetsk soloist.

  • "THE NUTCRACKER": 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 and 3 p.m. at the Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St. Tickets $21-25, Penn faculty/staff $19, students/seniors $17. Tickets/info: 898-6791.

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Originally published on November 12, 1998