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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 11:44 pm 
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U.S. premiere of "Anna Karenina" in Boston this week. Here are a couple of reviews.

From Theodore Bale in the Boston Herald:
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Boorish Eifman dooms ‘Anna Karenina’
The tortured souls of Russia’s Eifman Ballet returned to the Cutler Majestic Theatre on Wednesday night for the U.S. premiere of Boris Eifman’s “Anna Karenina,” yet another schlock epic from the world’s most overrated choreographer.
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From Christine Temin in the Boston Globe:
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Melodramatic ‘Karenina’ lacks depth
In his new “Anna Karenina,” choreographer Boris Eifman rides on the reputations of his fellow Russians, Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky, desecrating their works in the interest of his own. It’s a tasteless act with tasteless results.

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From Marcia Siegel in the Boston Phoenix:
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Ballet three ways - Eifman’s Anna Karenina, ‘Raw Dance,’ Anna Myer
Boris Eifman’s Anna Karenina had very little to do with Leo Tolstoy’s novel or Peter Tchaikovsky’s music; the real propellant behind it was the self-proclaimed genius of its choreographer. .... I do have to say that the ballet was a gorgeous spectacle (sets by Zinovy Margolin, costumes by Slava Okunev, lighting by Gleb Filshtinsky) and a very successful example of through-danced storytelling.

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Eifman Ballet of St Petersburg, City Center, New York
by HILARY OSTLERE for the Financial Times

Galichanin as Karenin is far from an unbending, autocratic husband. He churns with aggrieved emotion, and posesses the technical skills and acting ability to fulfil Eifman's considerable demands. Abashova has all the athleticism and lyric qualities the part requires. Smekalov, tall, craggily handsome, is a convincing Vronsky.

published: May 27 2005
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Steamy Duets and That Triangle Problem: Anna, Tortured Husband and Fickle Lover
by JOHN ROCKWELL for the New York Times

Mr. Eifman's choreography is not without interest, if too soon repetitive and predictable. (You just know that at the end of a gloomy ball scene, in which Society rejects the lovers, that Anna will crumple to the floor.)

published: May 24, 2005
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Love and Death
by TOBI TOBIAS for the Village Voice

Visually, Anna K, the Ballet is quite a show, with lavish gowns escalating to a gilt-ridden period-costume ball and austerely handsome scenography that, shall we say, climaxes in a dancer-animated concept of that fatal train.

published:June 10th, 2005
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Eifman Ballet returns to town with Tolstoy classic
by Hedy Weiss for Chicago Sun-Times

Long the source of theatrical productions and films by a vast array of international artists, Anna Karenina is now a full-length ballet -- the work of Russian choreographer Boris Eifman, whose company returns to the Auditorium Theatre for the fifth time this week.

published:June 10, 2005
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Mary Ellen Hunt reviews the Berkeley performance of Anna Karenina in the Contra Costa Times:

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Thanks, Francis!

I thought I'd mention, on an interesting side note too, that I went to the Sunday matinee of Don Juan and Moliere. There was a near-cancellation as the power was out at Zellerbach Hall for a few hours. We all had to wait outside while the electricians came in to resolve everything and the show went on an hour late.

You'd never really know from the dancing though, that anything was wrong or that the dancers had been sitting out back in the sun, waiting to find out if the show was going to happen or not!


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