|Eifman Electrifies L.A.|
REVIEW by Willard Manus
LOS ANGELES -- Boris Eifman is without question the most daring choreographer in the contemporary dance world. As evidenced by Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg's recent appearance at the Music Center (with the West Coast premiere of ANNA KARENINA), Eifman's originality and theatricality cannot be matched today.
He is also
fortunate in having the kind of dancers who can deliver the breathtaking
splits, leaps and intensity called for by his balletic art, which is deeply
rooted in modern literature, psychology and eroticism. The principals
in ANNA KARENINA--Maria Abashova, Albert Galichanin, Yuri Smekalov and
Natalia Povorizniuk--not only had to cope with high-velocity steps and
challenging contortions but go deep into character and keep a complex
story moving. Abashova, with her long legs and pliant body, was a remarkable
Anna--passionate, reckless and headstrong, dancing full out from start
Set to (taped) music by Tchaikovsky, ANNA KARENINA looks at Tolstoy's tragic love story with unflinching eyes, giving us a woman who, forced to chose between passion and duty, literally dies for love. Abashova (and her alternate, Vera Arbuzova) were backed up a large, well-trained corps which excelled in the light-hearted costume-ball scene and turned, malevolently, into the speeding train before which Anna throws herself in the climactic scene.
The 2005-2006 Dance at the Music Center series will include visits by the Kirov Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Limon Dance Company, Nuevo Ballet Espanol, Miami City Ballet and Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake. For more information click on musiccenter.org