Boris Eifman

(b. 1946)

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(b Rubtsovsk, 22 Jul. 1946)

Soviet dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied at Kishinev Ballet School, graduating in 1964, then at the choreographic faculty of Leningrad Conservatory with Aleksidze, graduating in 1972. He joined Kishinev Opera and Ballet Theatre in 1964 where he was appointed soloist, and was then appointed ballet master at Leningrad Ballet School (1972–7). In 1977 he became founding artistic director of Leningrad Theatre of Contemporary Ballet, also known as New Ballet (1977–8), Leningrad Ballet Ensemble (1978–80), and Leningrad (later St Petersburg) Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre (from 1990). After creating his first work in 1970 Eifman rapidly came to represent the vanguard of Soviet modern ballet. Though based in classical technique, his style possessed an acrobatic attack and expressive freedom, and his highly theatrical approach embraced a wide range of material including rock ballets, ballet buffo, fairy-tales, and works based on literary themes. He has since created around 50 ballets, many of them full length, including Gayané (mus. Khachaturian, Maly Theatre, Leningrad, 1972), Firebird (mus. Stravinsky, Kirov, Leningrad, 1975, and New Ballet, Leningrad, 1978), Bivocality (mus. Pink Floyd, New Ballet, Leningrad, 1977), The Legend (mus. Kogan, Leningrad Theatre of Contemporary Ballet, Leningrad, 1982), The Master and Margarita (mus. Petrov, Leningrad Theatre of Contemporary Ballet, Leningrad, 1987), Thérèse Raquin (mus. Bach, Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre, Paris, 1990), The Murderers (mus. Bach, Mahler, and Schnitke, BEBT, 1991), The Karamazovs (mus. Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, and Wagner, BEBT, 1995), Red Giselle (1997), My Jerusalem (mus. various, BEBT, 1998), Russian Hamlet (mus. Beethoven and Mahler, BEBT, 1999) Don Juan (mus. Mozart and Berlioz, 2001) and Onegin (mus.Tchaikovsky and others, 2009). His company first appeared in Paris in 1988, London in 1992, and New York in 1998. In 2004 he choreographed Musagète (mus. several) for New York City Ballet as part of its Balanchine Centenary programme. Eifman has also choreographed for various films. In 1988 he was made Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation.

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Subjects: Dance.

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