The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Fourth Section -The Herald Family Arts foundation aids Canadian cultural ventures By JEAN SHARP CP Women's Editor TORONTO (CP) If you are proud of your cultural heritage and want to do some- thing to present it to others or preserve it in its Canadian set- ting, the Carting Community Arts Foundation might be interested in helping. Marie McCormick says: "As long as there is a value to the community, we will con- sider it. We will not sponsor conferences or conventions but we might help a Winnipeg dance group that wants to go to a festival in Halifax." Mrs. McCormick is general manager of the foundation, recently set up by Carting O'Keefe. "We won't give money for capital ventures such as a community centre, but we might fund efforts to raise the money." A brochure on the founda- tion says its policy is "to ac- tively support and encourage and appreciation and develop- ment of Canada's multi-cul- tural traditions and to foster deeper understanding and pride in our cultural heri- tage." Mrs. McCormick said there are other sources of funds, such as Canada Council grants, but the foundation might be available to ama- teurs who might hesitate to apply to the government. The judges who appraise each application have been chosen in part because of their work with ethnic groups. One is Isa Scotti, judge in the Canadian Citizenship Court and former administrator of the Italian Immigrant Aid Society in Toronto. Janina Kaknevicius is business man- ager of a Toronto Lithuanian weekly newspaper. Elva Juba is a businesswoman associ- ated with cultural activities and wife of the mayor of Win- nipeg. They will meet once a month to assess projects and appraise their budgets. They can decide to meet an entire bill, pay travel expenses or supply costume money or teaching materials for a lan- guage course. "We will know more as we get applications and see what peoples' needs are. The foun- dation is elastic, and the ceil- ing on grants is elastic." People who are interested can write to Mrs. McCor- mick at The Carting Com- munity Arts Foundation, 79 St. Clair Ave. East, Toronto, Ont. M4T 1M6. Calendar The regular monthly meeting of the Lethbridge Philatelic Society will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the gas company auditorium. Program will be the London Free Press Stamp, with a small stamp auction to follow. The Hi Neighbor Club will dance from to p.m. Thursday at Westminster School, 18th St. and 5th Ave. N. DDJ Orchestra from Claresholm will be in atten- dance. Modern and old time dancing. Everyone welcome. CANADIAN FURRIERS JANUARY FUR SALE NOW to purchase your fur. Fur prictt will rising drastically BUY NOW AND SAVE MINK PAW JACKETS January PERSIAN LAMB COATS Black and Grey Priced From MUSKRAT JACKETS (DYED) January THURSDAY TILL ft P.M. AMAIJA I CHARGKX CANADIAN FURRIERS "In A rradition or Quality" The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, January 9 1974 Pages 33-40 Prefers to be a 'gypsy in the West9 Russian ballerina changes lifestyle Interviewed three years after her defection from the Soviet Union, one of the greatest ballerinas dancing in the West shares tome thoughts on her work and how her life-style has changed. By THALIA MARA Christian Science Monitor NEW YORK, N.Y. "I am always preparing for performance. I find work very satisfying. Without work I cannot ex- ist. Life would be a bore if I don't do my best in my profession. I don't have home, I don't have country. I have flat in London, but not yet a home. I prefer to be a gypsy in the West. "I find it very exciting to travel all the world. I like to meet people, to analyze people, it helps me on the stage. I draw my characters from people, from their habits." Natalia Makarova, former leading ballerina with the Kirov Ballet of Leningrad, is speaking not long after the third anniversary of her defection at the end of the Kirov's last London season. The event electrified the arts world on both sides of the Atlantic in September, 1970. "It was absolutely spontaneous she concedes, "like everything I do! Probably there was preparation in- side my head, but not consciously. I don't have time for regrets perhaps I will who knows? Sometimes at night when I think of my parents..." her voice trailed off. "I telephone my mother twice a month." Considered by many the greatest ballerina dancing in the West today, Makarova spent the first two years after her defection as a member of the American Ballet Theatre thrilling American audiences. This past year she has appeared with the company from time to time as guest artist. There have been guest appearances with the Royal Ballet, the Paris Opera, La Scala and in Berlin, Stockholm, Rome, Turino. How does her artistic life differ now from the one she led in Russia? "The tempo of life is very Makarova says. "I had to accustom myself to tempo. In Russia I danced four or five times a month. The general difference is that in Russia we spent more time preparing, rehearsing. The company is so big that it is impossible to perform often, everyone has to have a certain number of performances. Now, I have the possibility to perform more. It was dif- ficult at first but I like it because it keeps me in training." What about American audiences? "American public is different from Europe. American public is very enthusiastic, not discriminating. They eat everything exciting. They like tricks and' cheap effects. They want beautiful things as well but they don't always understand subtleties. "We cannot build art only on technique. It helps, but it is not all. Not just techni- que. If I have strong technique, I have to disguise this. I don't say to public, 'see how hard this is to I work to make it look effortless, to make it look easy." The qualities that put Natalia Makarova at the head of the reigning ballerinas of America and Europe transcend her truly phenomenal' technique. Her lightness, speed, elevation and balance are extraor- dinary. The intelligence and superb ar- tistry she brings to her roles really make her the "prima ballerina assoluta." She has a great gift for "getting into the skin" of the character she is playing and her sense of style is impeccable as is her musical! ty. "Today, there is a tendency to fuse together many arts into one whole. Ballet has music, the plastic arts, painting; it combines many arts. The physique includes the intellectual and the physical. Together these can express any feelings, that exist. Classical ballet has limits; that makes this art more interesting, more exciting. Because if we don't have these limits it will not be art, it will be mere folklore. To be free within the limits of this kind of frame is more dif- ficult than in an unlimited situation but it more stimulating. There is no 'deadwood.' She is searching at the moment for a choreographer who will create new and meaningful works for her. "I am not fully satisfied. I am only doing part of what I can do. No one uses me fully. I think my body, now, my feelings, now, are ready to do something else. Already three years are gone in the West. S Defected from Soviet Union Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova spent the first two years after her defection with the American Ballet Theatre. I Denim now basic fabric for spring NEW YORK (CP) Denim, the sturdy cotton fabric in faded blue, has mov- ed all the way from the work bench to the couturier's collection. It began when youngsters virtually adopted jeans as a uniform. Then denim took to colors and entered the sportswear field. Now it has become a basic fabric in spr- ing fashions. 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