2003-03-27 / Arts & Entertainment

Choreographer Tapped For Russian-Only BPLDiscussion

Choreographer Tapped For Russian-Only BPLDiscussion

World-renowned Russian artistic director and choreographer, Boris Eif-man (at right) will discuss dance and his experiences as a choreographer at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza on Sun-day at 2:00 p.m. The discussion, free and open to the public, will be in Rus-sian only.

Hailed as one of the great choreographers of Russian dance and ballet, Eifman creates dance that is intense and heartfelt by combining the language of classical ballet with the ex-pressiveness of modem dance. This blend allows the essence of his characters to emanate in the fullest possible way. His choreographic style, to-gether with a focus on universal themes, such as the origin of man, form works that draw and inspire audiences.

Boris Eifman knew he wanted to choreograph at the age of thirteen after studying dance for six years at a Young Pioneers club in the former Soviet Union. He enrolled in the Leningrad Conservatory in 1966 and after the success of his critically acclaimed ballet, Icarus, Eifman became the choreographer of the Vaganova Academy, the official school of the Kirov Ballet.

Eifman is greatly concerned about the state of the world and its affairs, and his ballets reflect his exploration of various philosophical issues. Through the medium of his dance, Eifman delves into the human psyche, seeking some meaning to the problems that plague society. He is excited by the mysteries of creation and portrays the extremes of the human condition through the intrinsic theatricality of his dance.

Eifman formed his own company in 1977 after gaining overwhelming success and popularity for choreographing Gaianeh for the Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre in 1972 and Firebird for the Kirov Ballet in 1975. In addition, he has choreographed for various television programs and ice shows over the years. His most recent works in-clude the world-acclaimed ballets, Requiem, Tchaikovsky, Don Quixote, Karamazov and Red Giselle.

Eifman has garnered numerous awards for his work and his company has won world acclaim and acceptance performing on some of the world’s most prestigious stages while touring America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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