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December 21, 1989 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
The daughter-in-law of vehement anti-communist South Korean religious leader Sun Myung Moon is scheduled to make her debut Friday night in Leningrad with the famed Kirov Ballet company. The performance may represent the most visible effort to date by the Rev. Moon and his Unification Church to use the international dance community to extend his religious and political influence.
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August 1, 2004 | Donna Perlmutter, Special to The Times
Julia MOON shivers. She's sitting in a mid-Wilshire office that's as cold as a meat locker, one stop on her rounds to promote the Seoul-based Universal Ballet's visit next weekend. Once, through a confluence of circumstances that can only be called highly unusual, she was its prima ballerina. Now, at 41, she's the critically acclaimed company's general director, with Oleg Vinogradov, formerly of the Kirov Ballet, as her artistic director.
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August 1, 2004 | Donna Perlmutter, Special to The Times
Julia MOON shivers. She's sitting in a mid-Wilshire office that's as cold as a meat locker, one stop on her rounds to promote the Seoul-based Universal Ballet's visit next weekend. Once, through a confluence of circumstances that can only be called highly unusual, she was its prima ballerina. Now, at 41, she's the critically acclaimed company's general director, with Oleg Vinogradov, formerly of the Kirov Ballet, as her artistic director.
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March 9, 1998 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was 1995. Fearing the impact of the impending Chinese takeover, Bruce Steivel stepped down as artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet. Soon thereafter, he found himself in another potentially prickly situation--signing on with the Universal Ballet, a South Korea-based dance troupe financed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's controversial Unification Church. Steivel was well aware of the questions that had been raised about the decade-old company.
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March 9, 1998 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was 1995. Fearing the impact of the impending Chinese takeover, Bruce Steivel stepped down as artistic director of the Hong Kong Ballet. Soon thereafter, he found himself in another potentially prickly situation--signing on with the Universal Ballet, a South Korea-based dance troupe financed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's controversial Unification Church. Steivel was well aware of the questions that had been raised about the decade-old company.
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April 1, 1988 | MICHAEL ISIKOFF, The Washington Post
Every night last fall, students at the Unification Theological Seminary would gather for the latest revelations from the land of the dead. A senior named Charles was hearing voices--"channeling," it was called--and relaying startling messages: Heung Jin Nim Moon, the late son of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, was speaking from the "spirit world," watching and judging them. Then last November, the sprawling 230-acre campus in upstate New York was abuzz.
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July 23, 2001 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was during a 1969 stint as a Las Vegas showgirl that Adrienne Dellas-Thornton joined the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. "I found God in Sin City," she jokes now. Meeting a persuasive Unification Church family while dancing at the Stardust Lounge led to more than a religious conversion for Dellas-Thornton. It also eventually led her to Seoul, South Korea--and to founding a classical ballet company, funded in part by the church.
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September 4, 1990 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
The Universal Ballet Academy, the first major manifestation on the American arts scene of Unification Church founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon, opens Wednesday in the nation's capital with a big splash. Moon, who has begun to use culture as a calling card for his business and religious expansion, has hired Oleg Vinogradov to head the school.
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July 27, 2001 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
The only thing seriously wrong with Universal Ballet's full-evening spectacle "Shim Chung" is its date of creation: 1986 instead of 1886. If we could only believe that this three-act saga of filial devotion came from the heyday of Romantic ballet, everything would fit and all questions would be answered.
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January 25, 1990 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
In one stunning leap, Andris Liepa has altered the phenomenon of Russian dancers exiting to the West. The blond Bolshoi dancer, who was allowed to leave the Soviet Union in 1988 and has since become an American Ballet Theatre luminary, abruptly left the New York-based company last week. And where did he depart for? The Soviet Union, of all places. But not Moscow, home of the mighty Bolshoi. For Liepa, the irresistible lure was to Leningrad's Kirov Ballet.
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December 21, 1989 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
The daughter-in-law of vehement anti-communist South Korean religious leader Sun Myung Moon is scheduled to make her debut Friday night in Leningrad with the famed Kirov Ballet company. The performance may represent the most visible effort to date by the Rev. Moon and his Unification Church to use the international dance community to extend his religious and political influence.
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January 5, 1989 | JOHN VOLAND
Twentieth Century Fox's Wall Street-meets-Cinderella feature "Working Girl" and NBC's oft-honored lawyer-chic series "L.A. Law" were the two titles most mentioned Wednesday as the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced the nominations for its annual Golden Globe Awards. Among the films, "Working Girl's" six nominations outdistanced runner-up "Running on Empty" (with five nods) and "A Cry in the Dark," "Mississippi Burning" and "Rain Man," which each received four nominations.
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March 16, 1998 | LEWIS SEGAL, TIMES DANCE CRITIC
Whether performing a stylized Kirov specialty or a home-grown essay in hybrid kitsch, the 14-year-old Universal Ballet of Korea has one impressive advantage over nearly every American company: All the dancers embody the identical concept of classical style, the identical sense of placement, line, technical finesse.
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