Ballet lovers will celebrate the return of the prestigious Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg performing Rodin June 12-14 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Eifman’s contemporary ballet company, currently the only one touring outside of Russia, is also the Music Center of Russia’s leading contemporary ballet company. Siberian-born Boris Eifman gained early success with his unique “new ballet” concept of blending innovative movement with classical Russian choreography and is renowned today among ballet lovers worldwide for the highest artistic level of contemporary Russian ballet while embracing the spiritual heritage of Russian and world culture.
Presented by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, Rodin showcases Eifman’s trademark talent by bringing to the stage the tragedy, genius, life and work of the sculptor, Auguste Rodin, and his apprentice, lover and muse, Camille Claudel
As Eifman relates, “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. The 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 for 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 is a reflection of the extreme price that people of genius have to pay for the creation of eternal masterpieces. And, of course, it is a reflection of those torments and mysteries of creative process that will always be of concern to any artist.”
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Photos by Gene Schiavone.