April 24, 2018. “REQUIEM”. New version of ballet production by the Boris Eifman Ballet Theater
The story of this ballet’s making was unusual in its own way. Back in 1991, at the very dawn of the new post-soviet era, Boris Eifman staged a one-act Requiem ballet to the music of W. A. Mozart; it was a philosophical parable exploring the never-ending mystery of human life. More than two decades later Eifman – a restless artistic mind always in search of a new and ever more perfect dance language – reverted to his past production and, proceeding from it, created a full-scale ballet performance. By largely rethinking its choreographic dance score, Eifman has added one more act to the ballet dedicated to a famous Russian XX century poetess Anna Akhmatova; it was set to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony “To the Memory of Victims of Nazism and War”.
The premiere of the ballet was held on January 27, 2014 at the Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and marked the 70th anniversary of the complete raising of the Nazi siege of Leningrad – a great day symbolizing the victory of life over the powers of death and destruction. Eifman Ballet performed the Requiem ballet together with the “Moscow Virtuosi” Chamber Orchestra (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Vladimir Spivakov) and The Grand Choir “Masters of Choral Singing”. The WWII veterans, defenders and inhabitants of besieged Leningrad became the first viewers of the new production.