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Boris Eifman on creating 'a new type of theater' in ballet
Boris Eifman on creating 'a new type of theater' in ballet

There are those who adore Boris Eifman and those who disdain his works, with equal vociferousness in both camps. But no one can accuse him of being anything less than true to his artistic ideals. As American audiences have witnessed since 1998, when the Eifman Ballet made its first U.S. tour, his choreography is big on tumultuous narrative and passionately seething characters. There is nothing polite or quaint or pristinely classical about Eifman's ballets. Often based on famous historical figures or inspired by literary classics, they throb with conflict and drama. Eifman is more interested in exploring extremes of emotion through movement than in presenting an elegant display of...

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