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Having worked for the Kirov and the Maly Ballets, Boris Eifman left to found his own company in 1977. Eifman proceeded to confound Soviet authorities by systematically breaking every tenet of the Russian classical dance canon. His work, standing apart from his contemporaries in its constant emphasis on theatre, drama, spectacle, narrative and literature was, of course, an instant hit. Eifman's work now regularly plays to packed houses in New York.
Eifman Ballet returns to the London Coliseum this December with the UK premiere of Artistic Director Boris Eifman's awe-inspiring ballet Up & Down featuring the invigorating music of George Gershwin, Franz Schubert and Alban Berg. This special visit will also be a celebration of the internationally renowned Company's 40th anniversary. Based on the 1934 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel ?Tender Is the Night', Up & Down follows the rise and fall of a promising young psychoanalyst and one of his patients; presenting the bizarre kaleidoscope of obsessions, fears and fragments of patients' minds. The characters' own ups and downs masterfully recreated by Boris Eifman and his dancers. Set in the Jazz Age - the piece evokes the unstoppable feast of life; the era of freedom, sensuality, and hedonism.
First produced in 1841 at the Paris Opera, Giselle is perhaps the best known and most poignant ballet of the Romantic era. Set in a medieval Rhineland village, it tells of Giselle, a naive peasant girl, who is driven to suicide when deceived by her aristocratic lover, Albrecht. Filled with remorse, Albrecht visits her moonlit grave where he is condemned to death by ghostly spirits - the Wilis. However Giselle's love for Albrecht transcends death and she protects him until sunrise destroys the Wilis power and he is saved.
This enchanting story tells the tale of how Clara is given a wooden nutcracker as a Christmas present by Dr Drosselmeyer. During the Christmas party Clara and her brother Fritz fight over the nutcracker doll. Later that night Clara wakes and looks for the Nutcracker doll. When the clock strikes twelve, giant mice appear and fight with the toy soldiers. The nutcracker doll comes to life and joins in the battle. Clara finally kills the King Mouse with her shoe and The Nutcracker Doll is transformed into a handsome prince who takes Clara through the land of snow to the Kingdom of Sweet and the Palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The Song of Everlasting Regret is a legendary poem in the canon of Chinese literature, a favourite from the 8th-century Tang dynasty. This year, it will be brought to life by the world-renowned Shanghai Ballet. It tells the tale of the romance between Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei, his beloved imperial concubine - a story of love, conflict and ultimately, tragedy
The beautiful Russian city of St Petersburg is the cradle of Russian classical ballet and has produced some of the world's greatest ballet dancers. The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre was formed in 1994 and includes graduates from the Vaganova Academy and other leading companies amongst the 80 dancers, musicians and technicians who comprise the company.
Experience love without boundaries in this struggle to survive. Andrei Kuznetzov-Vecheslov's bold interpretation distils the emotional directness of Bizet's opera and speaks to timeless themes of hope, despair, suffering and a thirst for a better life. The staging, drawing on one of the most pressing issues facing humanity, adds an unexpected urgency and pathos to the tragic tale.
Part of the Irina Kolesnikova Season
Stomp finds beauty and music in the mundane - from boots and bins to zippo lighters and plumber's plungers - everything including the kitchen sink becomes part of this production as a cast of 8 performers make instruments out of brooms and turn hand-clapping into conversation. With energy and toe-tapping exuberance, Stomp takes the clutter and junk of everyday life and transforms it into a theatrical event.
Run time 1hr 45mins