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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The English National Opera make their first foray into the world of musical theatre with this new production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's murderous thriller 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'. And with the cast they've roped in...Tue March 31st 2015 - Sun April 12th 2015Read moreSt Martin's Lane London London WC2N 4ES
Diana Vishneva: On the Edge
Star of the Mariinsky and American Ballet Theatre, Russian dancer Diana Vishneva arrives in London with this double bill of works commissioned especially for her. 'On the Edge' features Jean-Christophe Maillot's work 'Switch' alongside the solo work 'Woman...Ballet Tue April 14th 2015 - Sat April 18th 2015Read moreSt Martin's Lane London London WC2N 4ES
The Pirates of Penzance
Film and theatre director Mike Leigh takes on his operatic debut this 2015 with this production of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic, popular comic opera. 'The Pirates of Penzance' is about a young man who finishes his 21-year pirate apprenticeship and falls...Sat May 9th 2015 - Sat June 27th 2015Read moreSt Martin's Lane London London WC2N 4ES
This production of 'Carmen' gets its first revival as part of ENO's 2014/2015 season. Talk about try-hard! Director Calixto Bieito pulls out the stops to bring Bizet's mastepiece to the masses. But as it is already the most popular opera in the world,...Wed May 20th 2015 - Sun June 14th 2015Read moreSt Martin's Lane London London WC2N 4ES
The Queen of Spades
A brand new production of Tchaikovsky's 'The Queen of Spades' directed by David Alden and conducted by Edward Gardner. The piece is set in the 18th century in St Petersburg where a beautiful countess bewitches a host of young men. This will be Gardner's...Tue June 9th 2015 - Thu July 2nd 2015Read moreSt Martin's Lane London London WC2N 4ES
If you're looking for up-to-the-minute modern ballet, look no further than this production of Christopher Wheeldon's new version of 'Cinderella'. This is the first time the production will have been performed on a stage outside the Netherlands and is...Ballet Wed July 8th 2015 - Sat July 11th 2015Read moreSt Martin's Lane London London WC2N 4ES
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico
It's been 20 years since Mexico's national dance company have performed in London. July 2015 marks their return to the capital, with 40 dancers in tow and a line up of pieces which draw on Mexico's rich history and heritage. Ballet Folklorico de Mexico...Contemporary and experimental Wed July 22nd 2015 - Sat July 25th 2015Read moreSt Martin's Lane London London WC2N 4ES
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Review of Eifman’s Ballet – “Anna Karenina”
Last Saturday, on the 19th of April 2014 I visited the London Coliseum to see a Russian Modern Ballet from St. Petersburg, “Anna Karenina”, created by Boris Eifman.
The hosting theatre – the London Coliseum, is full of that charming Art Nouveau atmosphere making much smoother this Time Passage from the Present to the 19th century tragic Russian story, created by Leo Tolstoy.
The ballet is based on the famous novel, “Anna Karenina”, and predominately concentrates on the love triangle between Anna, her conservative husband Karenin and the dashing Vronsky. It opens up in a burst of psychological energy making an indelible impression upon its viewers.
Every twisted and extremely expressive movement of Anna Karenina’s body leads the viewer from the peak of her love passion to the gradual degradation of her inner world, crushed by the same passion. Lovers’ souls and bodies are entwined in incredible harmony. The building up of their passion is expressed through the light and colors. Black, golden-grey and creamy white colors dominate the ballet’s pallet helping to communicatethe emotional mood of heroes together with the dark and the light sides of Anna’s soul.
Two beds: Anna’s marital couch and her lover’s “retreat” act as “supportive actors”, witnessing the development of the tragedy.
Anna and her husband’s acting is saturated with poses of rejection, prayers, grief, sorrows and anger. At the same time Anna and Vronsky’s bodies are entwined like branches of trees in complicated and amazingly smooth transformational poses. Lovers are in white, reminiscent of love doves. Anna’s silky night dress makes the gravity disappear under the ballerina’s feet, leaving her entirely in the power of her lover, whilst her black, mourning outfit pulls her to this “sinful” earth. Every gesture, turn or movement of the dancers is full of meaning. Their suppleness and flexibility are tested to the limit of a human body’s capability.
Condemning society, Anna’s husband, together with the male group of dancers, smeared in fuel oil and dirt represent the churning and rattling wheels of trains, , even her little son, all are dressed in black, mourning Anna’s destroyed inner world, anticipating her madness and sacrifice.
All this highly charged emotional performance is well accentuated by the minimum use of light, mostly spotlights combined with the ever moving music of Tchaikovsky.
This classical drama goes so well with the innovative, creative and very talented modern choreography of Eifman. It slowly reveals itself against the background of the romantic surroundings and the luxurious vintage interior of the London Coliseum, leaving the audience with an absolutely unforgettable experience. By Nadine Platt