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Margarita Perkun-Bebeziche
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Author:  mehunt [ Sun Jan 23, 2005 8:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Margarita Perkun-Bebeziche

I was just talking with one of our CDers about the Perm Ballet and I recalled a dancer from the Perm school named Margarita Perkun Bebeziche who won a gold medal at the Moscow Ballet competition in 1981 (She's in the video Holiday of Ballet -- it was the same year Mukhamedov won also). Someone told me she was killed in a car accident a few weeks after the competition, but does anyone know anything else about her?

Her partner Vladimir Kirillov is a principal with the Moscow Stanislavsky now I think.

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Author:  coda [ Sun Feb 13, 2005 11:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Margarita Perkun-Bebeziche

Dear Mehunt,
she wasn't from Perm but a Moscovite and trained at the Bolshoy Ballet Academy.
I found a Russian website dedicated to Margarita Perkun-Bebezichi (1957-1981). Alas, it is in Russian.
In brief:
Her father was a choreographer who brought several young talented girls from Albania in 1949 to study in Moscow. One of them, Milyusha Bebezichi, started studying at the Bolshoi Academy under M.Kozhukhova and G.Petrova and then joined the Bolshoi. She became a character dancer. Eventually Georgy married her and their daughter Margarita was born in 1957.
Father left the family when Margarita was 4, and at the age of 10 she lost her mother to a blood disease. In the same year Margarita was accepted to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. After graduation, she was invited to the Bolshoi but declined the offer because she was in love with her classmate Valery Shaikevich who was not offered a place at the Bolshoi. Together they went to work in Tbilisi and got married there.
After coming back to Moscow in 1979 Margarita joined the Moscow Classical Ballet as a leading ballerina. Her coach was Marina Kondratyeva who wrote later that Margarita “had the lightness and such a phenomenal jump that I haven’t seen in any other ballerinas… Her artistic range was enormous: Sylphide, Diane in ‘Esmeralda’, Eve, The Possessed One in “The Rite of Spring’, Juliet…"
In 1981, she won the Gold Medal at the IV International Ballet Competition in Moscow and the audience’s ovation for her lasted for 20 minutes. After the competition there was a tour of Peru with the Moscow Classical Ballet, and afterwards Margarita with her husband left for their holidays by the Sea of Azov. On the way back their car with Valery as a driver collided with a lorry, which happened to be on the wrong side of the road. Valery and even their little poodle survived the crash but Margarita was killed.
There is a film “The Fiest of Ballet” with some recordings of Margarita’s performances.
Who knows what a wonderful career was in store for her! It is so good , Mehunt, that you and others remember her.
If you open the website: ,you can see a lot of photographs there:
Row 1: Margarita’s parents Georgy Perkun and Milyusha Bebezichi; Father with the baby Margarita; Milyusha on the Bolshoi’s stage (may be as a Persian Girl?).
Row 2: 4 photographs of Margarita as a child.
Row 3: Margarita with Alla Mikhalchenko; with her granny and husband Valery, with her younger sister Ira, and on stage.
Row 4: Coached by Marina Kondratyeva; and her ID as a member of the Moscow Classical Ballet company.
Row 5: In her roles as Gayane, Eve, Fryghia, Sylphide, and Juliet.
Row 6:
Receiving the Gold Medal from Grigorovich; the jump she was famous for; with her father and sister; herself.

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Author:  KANTER [ Mon Feb 14, 2005 12:22 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Margarita Perkun-Bebeziche

Thank you for posting this.

Author:  mehunt [ Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Margarita Perkun-Bebeziche

As always, coda, your knowledge of Russian dance is fabulous! Thank you so much for that website -- the photographs are beautiful and make me wish I could have seen her --what a jump in that Giselle picture! The brief clips of her spartacus in "Holiday of Ballet" are really quite remarkable.

Do you happen to know if the film that you mentioned is available in the US --or is it the same as the "Holiday of Ballet" film about the 1981 competition?

Author:  ksneds [ Fri Mar 25, 2005 3:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Margarita Perkun-Bebeziche

Posted by Yuri:

Welcome to my site devoted to Margarita Perkun-Bebeziche (1957-1981), leading ballerina of "Moscow Classical Ballet", the winner of IV International Ballet Competition in Moscow, 1981. Now in English!

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