Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg

Evgeny Matveev


Past Event

Location Info:

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA  90012

Tortured souls are among choreographer Boris Eifman's favorite subjects around whom to build sensual, even downright erotic ballets for his splendid dancers. On prior visits, Eifman and his Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg have focused on a Soviet-era ballerina who went mad; sculptor Claudine Claudel, muse/mistress of Auguste Rodin, who went mad; and other troubled souls including Anna Karenina, the Tolstoy protagonist who commits suicide. For this visit, the choreographer's subject is a historic Russian man. In Tchaikovsky, Eifman takes on the Russian composer whose life has previously been mined in pop culture such as Ken Russell's 1970 film The Music Lovers, a fever dream about the luscious music that emerged from the composer's troubled life, hellacious marriage and early death, possibly by compelled suicide. Whether or not Eifman is Russell's match, there's still all that swoony Tchaikovsky music.


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