Russia's Ballet to Revive Turbulent Life of Sculptor Rodin for US Audience

© Photo : Souheil Michael KhouryRodin
Rodin - Sputnik International
The Eifman Ballet Company from St. Petersburg, Russia will premier its ballet about the complicated relationships between French sculptor Auguste Rodin and his muse Camille Claudel in Washington, DC on May 29-31, company’s Founding Director Boris Eifman told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Anna Varfolomeeva — The company director, who has long been interested in psychoanalysis, said he is trying to show a person’s soul through dance.

“We will show a ballet, which will be interesting for the Washington audience because ‘Rodin’ is the ballet about great sculptor Rodin and his genius muse, colleague and mistress Camille Claudel,” Eifman said on Thursday. “Their story is full of tragedy.”

The ballet company will present “Rodin” set to the music of 19th century French composers Jules Massenet, Maurice Ravel, and Camille Saint-Saens, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

“I would like to show the audience how much pain, suffering and sacrifice are involved in creation of great works of art.”

The Eifman Ballet Company is visiting the United States for the 14th time in the span of 17 years.

The director said it is the “live emotion,” the live performance by the ballet company that keeps attracting new audience and distracts people from the Internet and television.

“US audience’s desire to see our art, interest in open emotions expressed with modern choreography explain the great demand for our performances in the United States.”

© Photo : Souheil Michael KhouryRodin
Rodin  - Sputnik International

As a part of its North American tour, the Eifman Ballet has already showed “Anna Karenina” in Canada’s cities Montreal and Toronto, and presented “Rodin” and “Up & Down” in the US cities of Boston, Chicago and New York.

Eifman said these latest performances have been very successful and are in high demand.

“We try not to repeat our repertoire and our every visit brings something new for the audience,” he added.

Eifman argued that through his work he tries to revive the great mission of the theater that enriches and purifies a person.

“It is the emotion flow typical for our theater that attracts the audience,” he said. “This flow captivates a person, makes them emotionally richer and stronger.”

Eifman said he turned to the theme of madness, shown in the ballets “Rodin” and “Up & Down,” because it presented an opportunity to “discover new worlds and create new worlds of choreography.”

“I see the development of ballet theater in this theme,” he added.

In June 2015, the Eifman Ballet is scheduled to perform in Costa Mesa and Los Angeles, California.

“We are happy to visit the United States because the audience here is especially sensitive.”

Eifman noted that the special gratitude for the performances and the emotions the audience lives through during a ballet inspires the company and gives it energy to continue moving the art of ballet forward.

The next company’s visit to the United States is tentatively scheduled for 2017.

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