Elman's ballet 311.
(photo credit: courtesy)
‘At the present moment we are preparing for our performances in Israel,” said choreographer Boris Eifman in a recent interview. His company, the Boris Eifman Ballet, will perform six shows divided into two programs at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center starting on Thursday evening.
“We are very happy to return because we know that we are loved and always awaited in Israel. All our past tours in Israel had great success. But to achieve success is one thing. And it’s not simple to retain it. I hope that during our future tour in Israel, we will justify all the expectations of our spectators,” he continued.
Last year, the Eifman Ballet came to Israel for a similar engagement
during which they performed two of their director’s works,
and The Seagull
fact, the company is a staple of TAPAC’s dance programming. Eifman’s
2010 visit boasts one new piece, Onegin
, and an old
favorite, Red Giselle
Eifman has been a
beacon of artistic energy in St. Petersburg for more than 30 years. His
works draw on the deep well that is Russian history and speak of life
in a tumultuous country. Beyond his mastery of classical ballet, Eifman
is bold and risky as a choreographer, often incorporating sexual angst
and struggle into his opuses. For inspiration, Eifman says he turns to
Russian literature. Onegin
, which is his
newest work, explores Pushkin’s narrative poem Eugene
. Pushkin’s poem is a cherished classic, which deals
with the conflict between fiction and reality. Eifman spoke of his
connection with this text. “I combined Pushkin’s plot with realities of
our epoch, new Russia. It was very important for me to understand in
what way the Russian soul has changed since the time when Pushkin
created his novel in verse. Pushkin’s work can be a unique instrument
of creative interpretation of the modern epoch,” he said. “In his
works, an artist cannot avoid reflecting the epoch in which he works,
thinking about the past or asking questions about the life of a
A unique mixture of contemporary and
classical music allows Onegin
to exist both in
present and past times. The score includes music by Tchaikovsky and a
harder, rock edge by Russian musician Sitkovesk.
, Eifman brings the beloved ballet
to Russia. He based his lead character on
famous Russian ballerina Olga Spessivtseva, who won her place in the
spotlight as prima ballerina in a production of
for the Marinsky Theater in 1916.
Spessivtseva, who died in 1991, is remembered as one of the best
classical ballet dancers of all time.
“The play is devoted to
the tragic fate of Olga Spessivtseva, who had to leave Russia and died
in oblivion in a foreign land. Spessivtseva’s life story is an eternal
and clear example for everyone about the tragedy of a person who lost
the threads of spiritual connection with their motherland,” explained
Eifman. “The ballet is full of thoughts about Russian history, Russian
character, about the power of historical circumstances over a person.”
see the Boris Eifman Ballet’s flawless dancers twirl across the stage –
that in itself is worth a trip to the theater. Regardless of the
subject matter, Eifman’s works are always dramatic and well crafted. The
Boris Eifman Ballet will perform at TAPAC on June 3 through June 8. For
tickets, visit www.israel-opera.co.il.