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Eifman: The Difficult Political Situation Is Not Impacting Art

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Eifman: The Difficult Political Situation Is Not Impacting Art


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The North American tour of the Eifman Ballet has once again shown that even the difficult political situation and tension geopolitical environment cannot affect art, the renowned ballettmeister said, TASS reports.

The tour began a month ago, taking the troupe to Montreal and Toronto, where audiences had the opportunity to watch “Anna Karenina”. The Russian artistes also performed in Minneapolis, Boston and Chicago, before heading to New York and then one to Washington DC.

The performances have been a great success in North America. Almost every one ends with a standing ovation, enthusiastic shouts of the audience and repeated curtain calls. The audience keeps sharing opinions in the social media. Outstanding performance!, Total perfection!, Fantastic! – those were the comments of the Canadian viewers to the ballet Anna Karenina. They are supported by the North American critics. Popular resource ManAbout MTL calls Boris Eifman’s Anna Karenina one of the most beautiful performances, and the largest Boston newspaper The Boston Globe describes Rodin as a thrilling psychodrama that is a significant step forward for the St. Petersburg choreographer.

There is absolutely no negativity or alienation, Boris Eifman said. That is how the strength of art manifests itself, and in particular in ballet, where there are language barriers.

Art time and time again demonstrates that it is beyond politics. The diplomacy of culture today is one of the most important instruments of integration, as people in all countries want to participate in cultural exchanges, the theater director explained.

Our mission is to present modern and original ballet art of Russia to the Western audience and to prove that the language of dance can solve great philosophical problems. I hope that the ballet ‘Up & Down will let the American audience discover new creative abilities of the St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet, Boris Eifman says.

On May 22, 23, and 24, the St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet will show, for the first time in New York, its new ballet Up & Down that takes audience to the volcanic Jazz Age. The New York premiere will take place at the famous New York City Center, where the Eifman Ballet last performed in March 2012, when the premiere of the ballet Rodin was well received.

Russkiy Mir Foundation Information Service

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