Beyond Sin a ballet by Boris Eifman will be performed for the first time at Rustaveli Theatre on November 13-14.
Beyond Sin getting ready to amaze Tbilisi
Tuesday, October 29
Georgian theatregoers will have a unique opportunity to see the ballet based on The Brothers Karamazov novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Eifman explained that this novel was “the epitome of Dostoevsky’s creative development, the acme of the philosophic investigation carried out by this colossal and restless mind throughout his life.”
The Siberian choreographer said before the April premier that “Beyond Sin both carries on and develops the tradition of the psychological ballet art and strives to accomplish another equally complicated task – to create a choreographic art equivalent to the subject so masterfully investigated by Dostoevsky – that of the racking burden of destructive passions and of bad heredity.”
Accompanied by Richard Wagner’s, Modest Mussorgsky’s and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s music, the ballet attempts at understanding “the primal essence of the “excessively broad” human nature, the mystery of the inner life of human hearts and souls where “God and Devil are fighting.”
“In The Brothers Karamazov there is expressed a pivotal idea: if there is no God then “all things are lawful.” Our modern times could be comprehensively described with a different expression: “God exists, and yet all things are lawful,” Eifman said.
Considered a “major choreographer”, Eifman thinks it is time to “rethink the issues and problems, which haunted Fyodor Dostoevsky and his heroes.”
The Los Angeles Times’ Lewis Segal said “of the ballet choreographers making narrative works for major stages, Russian Romantic Boris Eifman is virtually the only one totally in touch with the 21st century… Eifman outpaces the zeitgeist,” while the Globe and Mail’s Paula Citron called him “a phenomenon.”
Boris Eifman is one of the few, if not the only Russian choreographers whose energetic and brilliant life in art has been going on for several decades. Bearing honorary titles of the People’s Artist of Russia, the Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation, the laureate of such prominent theatrical awards as the Golden Mask and the Golden Soffit. He is also the holder of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 2nd class, and of many international prizes and titles he has staged over 40 ballet performances.
In 1977 he set up his own company known to millions of art lovers as St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet. Another Eifman-initiated ballet institution is to be built and opened in St. Petersburg in the near future. It is the Boris Eifman Dance Palace envisioned by Boris Eifman as a new world center of the ballet art.
And now after the great success in Asia, Europe, America and Australia Eifman and his company is getting ready to visit the Georgian capital Tbilisi with their Beyond Sin.
The International Foundation of Arts and Intercultural Dialogue presents this unique opportunity with the support of the Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection, Tbilisi Center of Cultural Events and DLA PIPE.
Tickets for the performance are available at the box office of Rustaveli Theatre from 10 to 50 GEL.