Boris Eifman in town

Autumn may be behind the window but the Krakow Spring Ballet is in effect. Next Monday belongs to the best choreographer of the 21st Century – Boris Eifman and his St. Petersburg Ballet Theater. Eifman presents “The Seagull,” based on the novel of Anton Chekhov at the Slowacki Theater October 15. Eifman once again reached for a great masterpiece of Russian literature (his previous ballets were “Anna Karenina” by Lev Tolstoy, “Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky and “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov). As always, these stories are recreated in his own vision.

The world premiere took place in New York this spring, and September 20 was its European premiere in the Great Theater in Warsaw. Now it is time for Krakow to host this magnificent piece of work.Each of Eifman’s ballets has become a great event. They are philosophic, epic shows, with intricate, cinema-like quality stage design. Born in Siberia, he was an enfant terrible of the Russian ballet and is today admired all over the world.

He is the only choreographer who has been working consistently for years in Russia, and is the author of over 40 ballets. In the 1970s he set up his ballet group in the suburbs of Petersburg, and since then his dancers have worked in an old room in one of the cinemas. Eifman creates his own style, which can be classified as a mix of classical ballet, modern dance and traditional of the 19th-Century theater.

His work embodies art, the syncretism of choreography, music, movement, light and literature with philosophy and the worlds of extreme emotions and passions. Eifman is interested in present-day problems, and fascinated by the mystery of genius and the process of creation, which is something that connects him with artists such as Richard Wagner.

He shares the same scale of artistic vision and the same experiments with a gloomy human psyche. This is what makes his viewers magnetically drawn to his work.October 15 at 17:00 and 20:00 at the Slowacki Theater.

Tickets are available in box offices: 1 Rynek sw. DuchaTicketbox:Mon., Fri., Sat.: 10:00-13:00, 16:00-19:00Tue-Thu: 13:00-18:00Sun.: 12:00-19:00Tel.: (0) 12 421-1630, 424-4528

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