"Torvill & Dean and the Russian Allstars," a 12-scene ice spectacular choreographed by Christopher Dean and Soviet ice-dancing coach Tatyana Tarasova, will have a one-night stand on Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Salt Palace arena at 7:30 p.m..
The show features the former Olympic ice-dancing champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, along with 20 top Soviet skaters, including a number of former international champions. The ice show premiered in August 1988 in Moscow and showcases Torvill & Dean in several duets, including a reprise of the famous routine that gave them their gold medal in 1984 during the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo - Ravel's "Bolero." The team is now listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for their unprecedented feat of capturing nine perfect scores.For this new North American tour, Torvill & Dean will also present an elegant and nostalgic tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
But the Soviet skaters are the mainstay of the program. They'll be spotlighted in such routines as Tarasova's choreographed version of "Polovtsian Dances," set to Aleksandr Borodin's classic score (featuring Inna Volyanskaya, 24, and her husband/partner Valery Spiridonov); "Carmen," with Olga Volozhinskaya as the hot-tempered vamp, andAlexander Svinin as Jose, and a routine spotlighting Leonid Kaznakov, described by one Los Angeles writer as "Rambo on skates."
Ice show fans accustomed to the splashy backgrounds and high-tech pyrotechnics of the Ice Capades and Ice Follies productions, may be somewhat disappointed. But those who saw Torvill & Dean's spectacular show a couple of years ago will get what they expect - Olympic-caliber skating.
When the troupe was rehearsing recently in Los Angeles, it was noted that the Soviet skating is "fast, furious and exotic."
No Barbie dolls. No Muppets. No cutesy-pie comic-strip characters.
The Russian Allstars is the first such ice-dancing troupe in the Soviet Union to be created and operated as a private enterprise. Barely a year old, it performs in Russia two months out of the year, then tours internationally the remaining time.
The Washington Post termed the "Torvill & Dean and the Russian Allstars" production " . . . glasnost at its best," while the New York Times said "No one interested in dancing, skating, theater, sports, film or glasnost should miss this richly filled study in contrasting styles."
Tickets for the show are priced at $10, $12.50 and $15, with $2 discounts for youths (12 and under) or those 62 and older. Tickets are available at the Salt Palace box office, the Huntsman Center box office and all Smith'sTix outlets. To charge tickets by telephone, call 467-5996. For group discounts, call 262-4895.