The Joyce Theater
New York, NY
November 23, 2009
by Leigh Witchel
copyright © 2009 by Leigh Witchel
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of her defection form the former Soviet Union, Valentina Kozlova staged a gala performance at the Joyce. Her companion in flight, former husband Leonid Kozlov, was originally slated to appear and even to dance with her, but did not.
The evening began with a photo montage; pictures of Kozlova as a young, leggy student. She is still slim and elegant, though also still speaks in halting English.