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New York City Center Presents the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg in the New York Premiere of Boris Eifman’s Newest Ballet “Up & Down.” May 22 – 24, 2015….

May 7, 2015
The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg performing Boris Eifman’s Newest Ballet “Up & Down.”  Photo: Michael Khoury

The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg performing Boris Eifman’s Newest Ballet “Up & Down.” Photo: Michael Khoury

Boris Eifman Explores the Dark Side of the Jazz Age

 

The New York City Center presents the American premiere of the new ballet from renowned choreographer Boris Eifman. Adapted from the novel Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, with music by George Gershwin, Franz Schubert and Alban Berg.

The book, first published in 1934, tells the story of a young psychoanalyst and his wife, who is also his patient, and their doomed relationship. The action takes place in the south of France in the 1920s.

The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg performing Boris Eifman’s Newest Ballet “Up & Down.”  Photo: Michael Khoury

The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg performing Boris Eifman’s Newest Ballet “Up & Down.” Photo: Michael Khoury

The young psychoanalyst, Dick Diver is a charming, affluent socialite who is plunged into an existential crisis by the mental illness affecting his wife. Mr. Eifman has characterized the work as a “dazzling chronicle of a human dying spiritually”.

“Among a wide range of topics touched upon in this novel, I chose three main ones – preserving God’s gift; realizing oneself, one’s mission and one’s purpose; and jazz,” Eifman said in an interview with news agency Ria Novosti.

Boris Eifman was born in the Altai Territory in Siberia in 1946 and graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory. In 1977 he founded the Leningrad Ballet Ensemble, which later became known as the St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet.

For over three decades, the choreographer has staged works in his distinctive bold, emotion-driven style. Mr. Eifman’s unorthodox selections of themes and music for his ballets along with the body movements of his dancers has earned him the reputation of “a choreographic dissident.”

The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg performing Boris Eifman’s Newest Ballet “Up & Down.”  Photo: Michael Khoury

The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg performing Boris Eifman’s Newest Ballet “Up & Down.” Photo: Michael Khoury

In 2013, Eifman opened the Boris Eifman Dance Academy, which currently has a student body of 90 young dancers from across Russia. The Eifman Ballet currently does not have a permanent stage, but the Boris Eifman Dance Palace is currently under construction.

St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet

Fri, May 22 at 8pm

Sat, May 23 at 2pm & 8pm

Sun, May 24 at 2 pm

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