The Brothers Karamazov by The Eifman Ballet Company
Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Choreographed by Boris Eifman
Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Richard Wagner, Modest Mussorgsky
Starring the EIfman Ballet Company of St. Petersburg, Russia
The Brothers Karamazov novel is the epitome of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s creative work, the acme of the philosophic investigation carried out by this colossal and restless mind throughout his life. World renowned choreographer Boris Eifman offers a remarkable vision of the core ideas within the novel, expanding upon them though body language as a way of exploring the origins of the moral devastation of the Karamazovs; creating through choreographic art an equivalent of what Dostoyevsky investigated so masterfully in his book, the excruciating burden of destructive passions and evil heredity.
“Of the ballet choreographers making narrative works for major stages, Russian Romantic Boris Eifman is virtually the only one totally in touch with the 21st century… Eifman outpaces the zeitgeist”
– L.A. Times
“The ballet world in search of a major choreographer need search no more. He is Boris Eifman…”
– N.Y. Times
“Eifman’s choreography veers seamlessly between thumping ensembles and troubled, acrobatic danced monologues in which every ounce of emotion is paraded in pained limbs”
– The Times (UK)
“Boris Eifman is a theatrical magician!”
– N.Y. Post
Boris Eifman is considered to be one of the leading choreographers in the world. After working for 10 years at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, in 1977, he formed his own ballet ensemble, interweaving classical ballet, modern dance and ecstatic impulses to create a completely different form of choreography where self-expression becomes the subject and in which there is drama, philosophy, characters and a central idea. A distinct feature of Eifman’s theater, its trademark, is that almost all of his performances have a plot and, often, a literary source. In this way he can plunge into a realm that is familiar, all the while discovering and revealing the unexplored. His unique lexicon and conceptual, authorial interpretations are a breakthrough into that fantastic dimension where the boundlessness of inner worlds comes to life.