Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on January 4, 1959 · Page 85
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 85

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, January 4, 1959
Page 85
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Essentially I am a music critic, but what can be more musical than the rhythm of the dance? I am thrilled by t, as by great symphonic music. .The other night I sat en- hralled in Los Angeles by he magnificent dancing of he Beryozka Russian Dance pany from Moscow. Un- ike the famous Moiseyev Jancers, also from Moscow, vho were big, bold and dashing and include men dancers, these dancers were gentle maidens, some 50 in number, smiling, effeminate and utterly charming. They moved with a grace liBe slender leaves in a soft breeze and the whole impression was of springtime and pastorale retreats. The only males in the company were the four accordion players who provided the musical accompaniment. And so expertly did they play that one did not miss an orchestral accompaniment. T h i s native instrument called a "bayan" is unlike our accordions in that it seems to have more chromatic complexity. But in the concerted numbers there was great volume and lovely tone. In some of the numbers, one of the players (the best looking one) enters into flirtatious play with the young dancers. * * * * TIIE (iKEAT SPECIALTY of these dancers is a gliding rhythm that is uncanny. They seem to be on wheels, while no motion of the body is apparent at all. The full length skirts hide the secret steps, so mincing and tiny, and this secret is the trade mark of these wonderful dancers. T h e M o i s e y e v d a n c e r s achieved - the same effect when a group of male dancers in long capes glided upon the stage as if on skates, or mechanized, in a number called "Partisans". But their riance was faster and more furious. It was a thrilling thing to see! The Russians have a gift for color and for pattern in the dance. The floor length dresses were gorgeous in color combinations and there were frequent changes. In a group of 12, four had on golden velvet bodices with skirts of brightly flowered silk; four others had bodices of bright red with harmonizing skirts and still other four would be in green velvet with brightly contrasting skirts. One ensemble of 16 girls was strikingly beautiful in long velvet dresses of royal purple with gold satin sleeves and. a wide border on the skirt of gold. * * * * QUITE THK loveliest of effects in color was in the Boryozka Waltz. Here a large group glided upon the stage, or rattier "floated" in long fiimy white dresses accentuated by scarfs of green, gold, red and blue, each group having its own colored scarf. As they were tossed into the air at the close they seemed like fountains of rainbows. It was breathtaking. Another fascinating number was the "Little Swan." Here the girls wore large white puffed sleeves which, with uplifted a r m s and hands in profile, gave' a charming illusion of swans in flight. There were even large stones on the ringfingers for eyes. I n t e r s p e r s e d with t h e classic mood were the gay and mischevious youngsters in petticoats and pigtails who romped and frolicked in delightful steps. These numbers afforded opportunity for t h e . solo dancers and one saw marvelous fast spins on axis, cossack stamping in leather boots and high running leaps. * * * * IN SOME OF-the numbers the girls sang quietly in high sweet voices, quite in keeping with the delicate fantasy of the whole procedure. And they squealed in delight at times as they raced back and forth in rhythmical glee. It was all so enchanting! But most impressive of all was the wonderful illusion they created in the forming of intricate patterns as they wove in and out. They coiled in a serpentine, undulating line; they emerged in geometrical figures; there were reels and rounds, arches contrived from which slipped the dancers, two by two; strange contours b e h i n d cleverly manipulated shawls and suddenly a p p e a r i n g figures where nothing had been before! The glorious evening closed \yith "Farewell to Carnival" wherein a great stuffed figure of a peasant woman, moving upon the tiny unseen feet of some of the dancers, presided at the county fair, January big deal cold wave special 8.75 reg. 15,00 value · pre-penn creme shampoo · test curl · lony-lastimj cold wave Don't delay, call today ... a new beautiful you is as near as your telephone, or if you decide on (lie spur of the moment come in without an appointment! Call ME 3-0111, Ext. 342 Beauty Salon, Sitoed Floor Sisterhood to Entertain SisterhooJ of Temple Israel will entertain t h r e e members of Sisterhood of Temple Beth Hillel of North Hollywood at a luncheon meeting Tuesday in t h e Temple social hall, 3rd St. and Loma Ave. Guests include Mrs. G. E. Abramson, president, a n d members of her executive board, Mrs. G. Breitstcin ar.d Mrs. L. Edelson. Mrs. Breitstein will present a dramatized reading on the important role a sisterhood can play in the temple and the community. Luncheon will be served at 12:15 p.m. by Mrs. Manuel Kaplan and her committee. Mrs. Sidney Hartmann, president, will lead the business session preceding the program presented by Mrs. Kaplan. ; Advertising Man to Be Speaker Fleet Officers Wives Cluh will meet at the Officers Club, Allen Center, for its January luncheon next Thursday. Members will gather at 11:45 a.m. for cocktails preceding the 12:30 luncheon and program. Guest speaker of the day will be Hal Shideler, local advertising agency executive, who will discuss the progress of advertising and its modern application. Hostesses for the day will be wives of officers of the USS Thetis Bay. Reservations are being taken by Mrs. Robert Finn. awhirl with gayety, dancing and the joy of just being alive! WM BEACH STAHCOLLKCEYDflS · ruiott mil- This week's activities calendar at Long Beach State is a bit on the skimpy side as Forty-Niners rest up from their two-week vacation. Delta Delta Delta Sorority gets' things started Wednesday afternoon with their annual "Apple Polishing Party" from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Soroptimist House. Each Tri-Delt has extended an invitation to two of her favorite professors who, by a strange coincidence, are invariably her teachers in the classes where it behooves the girl to raise that all-important GPA (grade point average). The afternoon's agenda (or shall we say plan of attack) calls for entertainment by the sorority members before they serve apple pie and coffee to' their guests. * * * A COl'I'LE HOU1W later, at 3:30 p.m., ACE Jr. (Association for Childhood Education, Junior), will be at Minnie Gant Elementary School where they will sponsor a panel discussion, "Teaching Techniques in Construction Activities." Appearing will be President Tacy Hunter and members of the Long Beach ACEI. * * * WEDNESDAY NIGHT the Sigma Kappa Sorority will have a theater parly as they take over the Long Beach Community Playhouse production, "A Visit to a Small Planet." Curtain time is 8:30 p. m., donations arc 51.50 for tickets which arc available at the door, and the proceeds go to the Sigma Kappa house fund. * ' * * THAT SAME NIGHT on campus, it's another in the film series presented jointly by LBSC, Long Beach Public Library, and the Los Angeles County Museum. Feature film is "Golden Demon," a 95-minute color account of Japanese society at the turn of the century. "Golden Demon," it scz here. ····- -- ' -- tiie same place with the Japanese as Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet does with the English-speaKing world. ,..... ..J say more? The public is invited free of charge. The time and place:.S p.m. in lecture hall Inl. * * * THIS IS AS GOOD A PLACE as any to remind basketball fans among our renders that the league season gets under way on the home court next Friday and Saturday with hated Cal Poly (SLO) and more-hated UC Santa Barbara furnishing the opposition. C'mon out and root for what is shaping up as a truly fine LBSC team, and when you're not rooting, boo the officials--even if they don't deserve it those nights, they have it coining according to the law of averages. · * * * SATURDAY NIGHT the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity has scheduled their "Dream Girl" formal. 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