‘ANNA KARENINA’ and ‘RODIN’ in the London Coliseum
February 21, 2014Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is one of the most well known pieces of Russian literature. It was described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless”, whilst another Russian writer Sergey Dovlatov admitted that Anna Karenina’s death at the end of the book was the worst thing that had ever happened to him.
The classic story has undergone a huge number of adaptations being transformed into cartoons and picture books, sci-fi novel and as many as 25 film and television adaptations (the oldest is the silent film 'Love', 1927 with Greta Garbo).
Ballet Anna Karenina by Boris Eifman is another yet very fresh retelling of the story about the adulterous love affair between the sensuous Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky.
In his Anna Karenina, Boris Eifman focuses on the Anna/Karenin/Vronsky love triangle and creates a brilliant example of a theatrical form of psychoanalysis showing the terrible inner struggle between love and lust that’s experienced by the central character. Set in 2005 to the music of Tchaikovsky, Anna Karenina is one of the most successful productions in Eifman Ballet’s repertoire. It has been performed to critical and public acclaim in Russia, USA, Australia, UK, Germany, Holland, Spain, France and many other countries.
In April 2014 Eifman Ballet, founded by its formidable and visionary Artistic Director Boris Eifman in 1977 and based in St. Petersburg, returns to London with Anna Karenina (first staged in London in 2012) and a premiere of Rodin. Boris Eifman’s Rodin set to music by 19th century French composers Jules Massenet, Maurice Ravel, and Camille Saint-Saёns. Rodin is dedicated to the creative work and fate of the great sculptors Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, Rodin’s student, lover, and muse.
The London performances are part of the UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 organized by the British Council and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs which will be celebrating a wide ranging programme of UK cultural projects taking place across Russia and an unprecedented showcase of Russian culture in the UK.
Boris Eifman remarks: “In our performance, using the language of dance, we talk about passion, inner struggle and despair, all the phenomena of the human spirit that were brilliantly expressed by Rodin and Camille in bronze and marble. Rodin is a reflection on the extreme price that people of genius have to pay for the creation of eternal masterpieces. And of course it’s a reflection on those torments and mysteries of the creative process that will always be of concern to any artist.”
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