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Eifman Ballet — First Time In Australia

Media Release: May 3, 2012 in Dance |

Direct from the best stages of St Petersburg, New York, London, Berlin, Milan and Moscow
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AUSTRALIA
Direct from Russia
one of the world’s finest contemporary ballet companies will present a visual feast of passion, entertainment and drama
Capitol Theatre, Sydney from 15 August
Regent Theatre, Melbourne from 29 August
Tickets On Sale — Monday 30 April

Eifman BalletEifman Ballet, who tour the world constantly to packed houses and have critics around the world reaching for superlatives, will make its Australian debut in August with two of its most acclaimed productions — Anna Karenina and Tchaikovsky — for a strictly limited season in both Sydney and Melbourne.

At the helm of the Eifman phenomena is Russian choreographer Boris Eifman, a master of psychological ballet, a choreographer-philosopher concerned with the problems of the modern world.

Boris Eifman is considered the face of modern Russian ballet. The esteemed New York critic Anna Kisselgoff wrote of Eifman “The ballet world in search of a major choreographer need search no more. He is Boris Eifman.”

Boris Eifman’s 50 strong company will thrill Australian audiences with his powerful and emotional interpretations of these classic pieces. His dancers are classically trained, world class, statuesque and powerful, the likes of which have never been seen before in this country. Eifman’s repertoire has helped create a special type of artist, combining dance, acting, brilliant technique, and a gift for transformation.

Eifman Ballet followers are extremely wide ranging, not only dance devotees but those keen to explore Eifman’s fascination with exploring secrets of life. The exquisite
complexity of Eifman Ballet, and the power, energy and excitement of its dancers, will touch even the most seasoned ballet lovers.

Clive Barnes in the New York Post proclaimed that — “There is no doubt any longer that the choreographer Boris Eifman is an amazing magician of the theatre… [the only question] is whether he is the last leading choreographer of the 20th century, or the first choreographer of the 21st century.”

Anna Karenina, plunges audiences into the grand world of 19th century aristocratic Russia. We meet Anna, her dour husband, Karenin, and her lover, Vronsky. Swept on the tide of her passion for Vronsky, Anna is prepared to sacrifice everything: husband, son and social standing for her shallow and narcissistic lover. Anna Karenina is a ballet in 2 acts with choreography by Boris Eifman and music by Tchaikovsky.

Tchaikovsky, set to music from some of Tchaikovsky’s most revered works are scenes that are alternately poignant and disturbing: a flock of white swans appears promising serenity and happiness, but there is also an ominous and menacing flock of black birds before, finally, we see the Prince from Sleeping Beauty, the ideal of Tchaikovsky’s longing, and forever unattainable. Pyotr Tchaikovsky composed divine music but in the background there was a distressed, unhappy man plagued by inner torment. Tchaikovsky is a ballet in two acts with choreography by Boris Eifman and music by Tchaikovsky.

In this production, not only the soloists stand out. Eifman’s dancers as a group infuse the ballet with a high level of constant energy. For those who don’t know Tchaikovsky’s biography, the ballet is an excellent historical lesson. For those who do, Eifman’s ability to investigate the psychological underpinning of one of the 19th century’s greatest men is also great art” — Catherine Pawlick, Ballet-Dance Magazine

Born in Siberia in 1946, at an early age Eifman knew that he would be a choreographer. He graduated as a dancer from St Petersburg’s Vaganova Ballet Academy but continued his studies in choreography at the Leningrad Conservatory.

Even as a young man, his work attracted attention and in 1977, he formed his own company, Leningrad New Ballet (now Eifman Ballet). There, despite Soviet-era disapproval, he began developing his ground-breaking work.

Many of the themes he explored — from religion to sex, mental illness or homosexuality — were either sensitive or forbidden. It was not until Glasnost came to Russia that Eifman became a feted artist, and was supported to build his company and travel abroad, His 50 dancers come with a strong classical training which Eifman then moulds to express his style which — while precise and highly disciplined — is also expressive and deeply emotional.

Australian audiences will have the chance to experience Russia’s most exciting contemporary ballet company when it makes its long-awaited Australian debut. eifmanballetinaustralia.com

Sydney

Venue
Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell Street, Haymarket
Date and times 14 performances only
Anna Karenina
Wednesday 15 August at 2pm & 8pm
Thursday 16 August at 8pm
Friday 17 August at 8pm
Saturday 18 August at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 19 August at 2pm
Tchaikovsky
Wednesday 22 August at 2pm & 8pm
Thursday 23 August at 8pm
Friday 24 August at 8pm
Saturday 25 August at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday 26 August at 2pm
Ticket Prices
From $55 to $190
Bookings
Ticketmaster 1300 723 038 ticketmaster.com.au or any Ticketmaster outlet

Melbourne

Venue
Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne
Date and times 14 performances only
Anna Karenina
Wednesday 29 August at 2pm & 8pm
Thursday 30 August at 8pm
Friday 31 August at 8pm
Saturday 1 September at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 2 September at 2pm
Tchaikovsky
Wednesday 5 September at 2pm & 8pm
Thursday 6 September at 8pm
Friday 7 September at 8pm
Saturday 8 September at 2pm and 8pm
Sunday 9 September at 2pm
Ticket Prices
From $55 to $190
Bookings
Ticketmaster 1300 723 038 ticketmaster.com.au or any Ticketmaster outlet

eifmanballetinaustralia.com

For further media enquiries only

National
Bruce Pollack, Pollack Consulting, (02) 9331 5276 or bruce@pollackconsulting.com
Sydney
Emma Collison, Emma Collison Publicity, (02) 9326 5554 or 0418 584 795 or emma@emmacollison.com
Melbourne
Prue Bassett, Prue Bassett Publicity, 0419 559 040 or prue@netspace.net.au

2 Reviews

Emma
May 3, 2012

Boris Eifman — An amazing magician of the theatre. New York Post

Emma
May 3, 2012

With Eifman, you are simply carried away on a tsunami of pure movement. Chicago Sun Times