Chutro, Dimitri

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Chutro, Dimitri

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Dimitri Chutro was born on October 12, 1912 in Molodovichi Ukraine. Although he was originally studying music, he decided to enroll in the Semen Orloff Ballet School instead. He made his professional debut with the Moscow Opera while still a student. During the Russian Revolution he left Moscow and ended up in Constantinople performing with a ballet group that specialized in Caucasian Native Dances. From 1928 to 1930, he was an instructor with the Mordkin School of Ballet in Philadelphia and began performing as a guest artist around the world. He was also a Ballet Master for the Florentine Grand Opera Company in 1932. He moved to the United States and established the Ukrainian Art Theatre in Philadelphia and New York City. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet performed the world premiere of Excerpts from Legin with the Russalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble for a Ukrainian Gala Concert in 1977. His work had previously appeared in Winnipeg thirty years earlier with a performance from Ballet Ukraine. Dimitri Chutro wrote a total of twelve original ballets as well as produced and directed six operas before he passed away on February 1, 1982 in Miami, Florida.


Molodovichi, Ukraine
Moscow, Russia
Constantinople, Turkey
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
New York, New York
Milwaukee. Wisconsin
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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