Eifman Ballet returns to L.A. with ‘Rodin’

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg at The Music CenterLovers of dance-theatre and visual arts will be wowed by the much-anticipated return of Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg to Los Angeles this weekend.


Russia’s leading contemporary ballet company will present Rodin at The Music Center, a full-length production that explores the tragic nature of genius through the life and creative work of sculptor Auguste Rodin and his apprentice, lover and muse Camille Claudel.


The company, led by Founder and Artistic Director Boris Eifman, will combine innovative movement with classical Russian choreographic technique. With Rodin, Siberian-born Eifman will bring to life the tragic story of the lives of these two artistic geniuses.


The Music Center’s Vice President of Programming Renae Williams Niles said that Eifman’s approach engages audiences with experiences that are theatrically spectacular and intensely powerful. 


“As a leading dance-making voice, Eifman has a profound ability to tell the story of love, angst and loss through extraordinarily emotional movement that is gorgeously interpreted by some of the most awe-inspiring dancers. His distinctive dance vocabulary takes audiences to another realm, making us feel every bit of pain and joy that life brings,” she explained. 


“We are particularly pleased to see Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg return to The Music Center, since it is the most requested company among our dance audiences,” she added.


Currently the only Russian contemporary ballet company touring outside of Russia, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg was founded by Eifman as the “Leningrad New Ballet” in 1977. With Eifman’s early success, the “new ballet” concept was seen as a breakthrough and the company as an experimental laboratory, with advocates of the traditional ballet school and ballet critics debating the new dynamics in Russian ballet. 


Today, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg is renowned among ballet lovers worldwide and has become known for works that not only represent the highest artistic level of achievement of contemporary Russian ballet, but also remind audiences of the spiritual heritage of Russian and world culture that inspire Eifman and his dancers. The Los Angeles Times has called Eifman’s creations “theatrical, visionary works that delve into characters’ lives in the most exciting, probing, titillating and wondrous ways.”


For more information on the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, or to reserve tickets to The Music Center’s upcoming Rodin performances, visit musiccenter.org/rodin.


Photo: Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. Photo by Gene Schiavone.