Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA, ballet
Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg
Balet Borisa Eifmana
Peter Iljič Čajkovski, music
Boris Eifman, choreography
Zinovi Margolin, set design
Olga Šajšmelašvili, Vjačeslav Okunev, costume design
Aleksander Sivajev, Boris Eifman, light
The Boris Eifman’s ballet Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA is the result of the choreographer’s years-long contemplation of the great composer’s personality and creative world. The ballet is set to the music of P. I. Tchaikovsky. The premiere took place shortly before the anniversary of Boris Eifman, who celebrated his 70th anniversary on July 22, 2016. Pyotr Tchaikovsky is perhaps Eifman’s most favorite composer. The choreographer created such notable set to his music. The ballet Tchaikovsky, released in 1993, that toured with a great success all over the world, deserves special attention. In this production Eifman virtually managed to materialize the immortal music of Pyotr Ilyich on the stage and express the symphony of passion through choreography. Today, he offers a new, original choreographic expression that corresponds to the modern artistic and technological possibilities of the ballet theatre. „Having been turning to Tchaikovsky’s music for many years, I realized how deep and bottomless the composer’s world was. I came to understanding of a variety of themes related to his work, his psychic identity, relationship with loved ones. All this was not sufficiently studied by me earlier. I wanted to create a work, in which I could delve deeper into the environment of Tchaikovsky’s creative torment,” says Eifman.
The honorary patron of the event is His Excellency Doku Zavgajev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation.