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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.

After a triumphing european tour in 2018, The Eifman Ballet comes back with Anna Karenina, a ballet inspired by Tolstoï’s novel and Rodin, a tortured lovestory between the sculptor and his muse.




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.

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