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Eifman Ballet

Artistic Director: Boris Eifman

「Rodin, Her Eternal Idol」
「Anna Karenina」

2019.7.18. [Thu.] - 7.21. [Sun.] Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Rodin, Her Eternal Idol

(Ballet in 2 acts / including 1 intermission)

  • 2019.7.18[Thu] 19:00 [Open 18:00 / End 21:00]
  • 2019.7.19[Fri] 19:00 [Open 18:00 / End 21:00]

Anna Karenina

(Ballet in 2 acts / including 1 intermission)

  • 2019.7.20[Sat] 17:00 [Open 16:00 / End 19:00]
  • 2019.7.21[Sun] 14:00 [Open 13:00 / End 16:00]

Ticket price

  • S ¥16,000
  • A ¥13,000
  • B ¥10,000
  • C ¥8,000
  • D ¥6,000

3 Programs ※ Set Ticket

  • S ¥30,000
  • A ¥24,000

Student

  • S ¥8,000
  • A ¥6,500
  • B ¥5,000
  • C ¥4,000
  • D ¥3,000

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Tour Schedule

▶︎2019.7.13[Sat] Biwako Hall "Anna Karenina"

▶︎2019.7.15[Mon] Granship(Sizuoka)
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Rodin, Her Eternal Idol

(Ballet in 2 acts / including 1 intermission)

A ballet by Boris Eifman
Music: Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns, Jules Massenet
Sets: Zinovy Margolin
Costumes: Olga Shaishmelashvili
Light: Gleb Filshtinsky, Boris Eifman
Premiere: November 22, 2011

Approximate Running Time: 2hrs.

Boris Eifman's ballet Rodin tells about the life and work of two great sculptors: Auguste Rodin and his disciple, mistress and Muse – Camille Claudel.

The story of their love is truly a tragic one. For over 15 years Rodin and Claudel were one integral whole, both sensuously and creatively. The breakup of the lovers that ensued eventually was a fatal blow to the mental health of Camille leading to her tragic end. Half-forgotten, hardened, hopelessly impecunious, Camille goes mad. A paranoiac idea of a conspiracy against her being lead and inspired by Rodin himself incessantly torments the already weakened mind of the wretched woman. 30 long years had she spent in a mental clinic just to die in 1943, forlorn and completely forgotten by all and everybody.

“The story of life and love of Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel is an amazing tale about an incredibly dramatic alliance of two artists where everything was entwined: passion, hatred and artistic jealousy. Spiritual and energy exchange between the two sculptors was an outstanding phenomenon: being so close to Rodin, Camille was not only an inspiration for his work helping him find a new style and create masterpieces, she also impetuously went through the development of her own talent becoming a great master of sculpture herself. Her beauty, her youth and her genius – all this was sacrificed to her beloved man.
After breaking up with Rodin Claudel plunges into the darkness of insanity. The wretched woman’s soul is being incinerated by pathological hatred towards her former teacher and lover, who, as Camille believes, has stolen her life and talent.
This new ballet reflects Rodin’s longing for his Muse, torments of his conscience, as well as Camille's delirium caused by the mental illness and saturated with painful obsessions – or rather that of the insane Erinys that the ruthless fate has turned her into.
In our performance, using the language of dance, we talk about passion, inner struggle and despair – of all those human spirit phenomena that were brilliantly expressed by Rodin and Camille in bronze and marble. To turn a moment carved in stone into an unrestrained, emotionally rich stream of body movements is what I was striving for while creating this new ballet performance.
Rodin, Her Eternal Idol is a reflection on the extreme price that people of genius have to pay for the creation of eternal masterpieces. And, of course, it is a reflection on those torments and mysteries of creative process that will always be of concern to any artist.”

Boris Eifman

Anna Karenina

(Ballet in 2 acts / including 1 intermission)

Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy
Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Sets: Zinovy Margolin
Costumes: Vyacheslav Okunev
Light: Gleb Filshtinsky
Premiere: March 31, 2005

Approximate Running Time: 2hrs.

Act I
The scene opens with Anna Karenina in the heart of her family in St. Petersburg.
At a high society ball, Anna meets a dashing young officer Count Vronsky.
In the Karenin household there is marital discord.
Anna and Vronsky meet again at the horse races, they fall deeply in love.
Anna's life becomes difficult as rumours and gossip starts to spread about the Karenin's relationship.
At a long-awaited assignation passion overcomes the lover's rational thoughts.
After a confrontation with Karenin Anna is overcome with dark thoughts foreboding.
The married couple makes a reconciliation.
Act II
Vronsky is at his officers club.
Following a meeting at the Karenins` home. Anna leaves her husband.
At a Carnival in Venice. The affection between Anna and Vronsky begins to break down.
In St. Petersburg high society turns its back on Anna. She becomes shunned and isolated.
In an opium induced state of mind, Anna is in the grip of visions and fantasies.
Final despair. Anna's suicide.

“Ballet is a very specific realm where psychological drama is reenacted and fulfilled; it is a chance to get an insight into the subconscious. Every new production is a search for the unknown.
The Anna Karenina novel by Tolstoy has always been the object of my keen interest. While reading Tolstoy, one can see how fully and intimately the author understands the inner world and psychology of his heroes, how keenly and precisely describes he the life in Russia. In the novel one will find a plunge into the psychological world of the chief character and also a psycho-erotic interpretation of her personality. Even in our contemporary literature we won’t find similar passions, metamorphoses and phantasmagoria. All this has become the gist and essence of my choreographic reflections upon the book.
The measured, regular life of the Karenin family – the husband’s public service, the strict high society conventions – produced an illusion that harmony and peace reign there. Anna’s passionate love for Vronsky destroyed the “matter of course” in their existence. Sincerity of the lovers’ feelings was doubted and rejected, their frankness was afraid of. Karenin’s hypocrisy was acceptable to everyone but Anna. She preferred the all-absorbing love for Vronsky to mother’s duties regarding her son. And thus she doomed herself to lead the life of an outcast. She saw no pleasure in traveling or in habitual high society entertainments. There was a feeling that a woman is tragically constrained by sensual relationships with a man. This sort of dependence – as any other one – brings pain and suffering. Anna committed suicide to set herself free, to end her dreadful and agonizing life.
For me Anna was sort of a “shape shifter” because two persons lived within her: externally she was a high society lady known to her husband Karenin, to her son and to everyone around. The other one was a woman immersed into the world of passions.
What is a more important goal in life: to maintain the conventional illusion of existing harmony between duty and feelings, or surrender to a sincere passion?.. Do we have a right to destroy our family, to deprive a child of his mother’s care just for the sake of what our flesh lusts for?..
All these questions haunted Tolstoy in his times, and we can’t avoid thinking them over again and again today. But answers are still far-off! What remains there is only our thirst for being understood both in our life and death…”

Boris Eifman

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