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Anna Karenina

March 14-15, 2007

Choreography by Boris Eifman

Music by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky

After the novel by Leo Tolstoy

The Seagull

March 16, 2007

Choreography by Boris Eifman

Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff

After the play by Anton Chekhov

Russia’s extraordinary Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg returns to the Orange County Performing Arts Center for an exclusive engagement to perform the company’s powerful interpretations of classic 19th century Russian literary works. Anna Karenina is based on_ _Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 novel and The Seagull is inspired by Anton Chekhov’s play written in 1895.

Anna Karenina

Eifman’s choreographic rendition of Tolstoy’s work explores women’s dependency on sexual relationships. He describes the heroine as a werewolf. “Two confrontational human beings co-existed in her,” he explains. “Anna belonged to high society, yet she was a woman deeply plunged into the world of stormy passions, unknown even to Dostoyevsky’s characters.”  The Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “It makes perfect sense that Eifman has turned to this story – the tale of a beautiful married woman who falls in love with the dashing army officer Count Vronsky, and whose husband, that status-conscious Karenin, ultimately uses their young son as a pawn in the marital breakup. After all, long based in St. Petersburg, Eifman knows the book’s literal and metaphorical geography like the back of his hand.” The Chicago Tribune review noted, “What initially appears as anguished melodrama grows into a fervent dialogue between bodies unable to contain their passions.”

The Seagull

Eifman has retained the main philosophical ideas on art that imbue Chekhov’s The Seagull, but moved the action from a country estate to a ballet studio, where the fashionable choreographer Trigorin clashes with the daring innovator Treplev and the young dancer Zarechnaya competes with prima ballerina Arkadina.  The issues of the development of art, the search for new forms, true and deceptive values, love and career are expressed with particular sharpness in this production. The four leads and their individual fates—creative and personal—have taken on an emotional embodiment in movement that expresses Eifman’s view of the Chekhov work.