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    Eifman Ballet

    St. Petersburg


    St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet was established by Boris Eifman in 1977 (the original name of the company  was  the  Leningrad  New  Ballet.).  The  concept of  the  New  Ballet  was  more  than  innovative for its time: from the first days of its work it was  conceived and developed as a ballet theatre for one choreographer.


    The  company’s  first  performances  such  as Two-Voice  and Boomerang  brought  success  and stirred  intense  interest  of  the  audience;  ballet  critics  began  arguing  about  new  tendencies  in  the Russian ballet.


    In late 70s – early 80s Eifman’s theatre is working out its own individual approach to repertoire formation.  More  and  more  new  ballets  based  on  the  world  classical  literature  appear  on  the  playbill. The  choreographer  and  his  company,  characterized  by  an  outstanding  dance  intellect,  explore  new genres.  Boris  Eifman  creates  performances  whose  distinguishing  feature  is  the  strikingly  sharp choreographic  patterns,  intended  to  express  the  fiery  passions  of  ballets’  characters: The  Duel, The Idiot, The  Mad  March  Day,  or  the  Marriage  of  Figaro, The  Legend, The  Twelfth  Night, Master  and Margarita, Murderers etc.


    Today  St.  Petersburg  Eifman  Ballet  is  renowned  among  ballet  lovers  in  Asia,  Europe,  the Americas  and  in  Australia  for  such  ballets  as I,  Don  Quixote; Red  Giselle, Russian  Hamlet, Anna Karenina, The Seagull, EugeneOnegin, Rodin, Beyond Sin, Requiem, Up & Down, Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA. These works were generally recognized. Not only they represent the highest artistic level of  achievements  of  the  contemporary  Russian  ballet,  but  also  turn  the  audience  to  the  immortal spiritual heritage of Russian and world culture that inspired the choreographer and his dancers.


    Boris  Eifman’s  endeavor  to  engage  his  spectators  in  the  infinite  world  of  human  passions,  to form  a  spiritual  liaison  with  the  audience,  to  amaze  viewers  by  the  brilliance  and  dynamism  of  his plastique –  all  this  has  ensured  a  decades-long  success  of  Eifman  Ballet’s  performances  at  leading venues around the globe.


    Boris  Eifman  is  a  philosopher  choreographer.  He  is  earnestly  concerned  with  the  problems  of today,  with  the  secrets  of  creativity.  The  choreographer speaks  openly  with  his  audience  about  the complicated  and  dramatic  aspects  of  human  life;  he  defines  his  genre  as “psychological  ballet”.  The New  York  Times  calls  Boris  Eifman  the  leader  among  living  choreographers: “The  ballet  world  in search of a major choreographer need search no more. He is Boris Eifman.”


    The  company  is  distinguished  by  its  brilliant  technique,  unique  dedication  and  high  onstage intelligence.  Today  excellent  dancers,  winners  of  international  ballet  contests  and  laureates  of  the President of Russia’s Prize for Young Cultural Professionals and the Russian Government prize in the field  of  culture,  holders  of  the  prestigious  Golden  Mask  and  Golden  Soffit  awards,  implement  Boris Eifman’s  ideas:  Maria  Abashova,  Lyubov  Andreyeva,  Dmitry  Fisher, Oleg  Gabyshev,  Anastasia Sitnikova, Sergey Volobuev and others.


    An  important  period  in  the  company’s  life  began  in  2011,  when  the  Government  of  St. Petersburg took a decision to launch the construction of theBoris Eifman Dance Academy– a project originally initiated by the choreographer himself. In September 2013 the Academy announced the start of its first academic year.


    Another Eifman-initiated ballet institution is to be built and opened in St. Petersburg in the near future.  It  is  the Boris  Eifman  Dance  Palace  envisioned  by  Boris  Eifman  as  a  new  world  center  of dance arts.


    Forming an original ballet repertoire of modern Russia based upon the rich traditions of Russian psychological theatre, along with searching for and developing new forms of choreography of t he XXI century  are  among  the  key  priorities  within  the  artistic mission  of  Boris  Eifman  and  his  brilliant company.

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    Boris Eifman’s ballet “Anna Karenine” is a condensed energy that surprises with its precision and magic. Centered on the love triangle imagined by Léon Tolstoï, this ballet embarks the spectator in a striking emotional whirlwind.


    It is with the language of dance that Boris Eifman manages to translate on stage the drama of a devastating passionate love. Consumed by her love for the hypnotic Vronsky, Anna is ready for any sacrifice. She will try in vain to break the codes and face a difficult choice: her family and her social status or her freedom.


    The brilliant and mastered technique of the company’s dancers, as well as Boris Eifman’s surprising choreography offer us a contemporary vision of Tolstoy’s novel.


    Through its touching history, this resolutely modern work resonates in each of us.





    Boris Eifman’s ballet Rodin tells about the life and work of two great sculptors: Auguste Rodin and his disciple, mistress and Muse – Camille Claudel.


    The story of their love is truly a tragic one. For over 15 years Rodin and Claudel were one integral whole, both sensuously and creatively. The breakup of the lovers that ensued eventually was a fatal blow to the mental health of Camille leading to her tragic end. Half-forgotten, hardened, hopelessly impecunious, Camille goes mad. A paranoiac idea of a conspiracy against her being lead and inspired by Rodin himself incessantly torments the already weakened mind of the wretched woman. 30 long years had she spent in a mental clinic just to die in 1943, forlorn and completely forgotten by all and everybody.


    Rodin is a comprehensively creative study of such a subject as how tragic may be people of genius’ lives. By resorting to the uniquely plastique of the modern psychological ballet Boris Eifman not only offers a new interpretation of the world of human passions studied masterfully by Rodin and Claudel, but creates a picture of the insoluble mystery of the creative process.


    Anna Karenina