Eifman Ballet – Red Giselle & I, Don Quijote
Showcasing some of the finest performances in international ballet, Mikkeli’s Concert and Congress Hall Mikaeli will be playing host to a visit from Eifman Ballet from 12 to 14 July
Officially known as the St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre, the first performance on offer at Mikkeli is that of Red Giselle, one that established choreographer Boris Eifman on the world stage. Steeped in reality, the performance is based on the story of the young ballerina Olga Spessivtseva, and her path as an emigrant, a celebrity and finally as a dweller of mental asylum.
On the other hand, I, Don Quijote is Eifman’s sole humorous ballet. Staged in a mental asylum, here one of the patients believes that he is Don Quijote, gathering his fellow patients together for a quest to reach sunny Barcelona. All is well and good until the doctor blows her whistle and makes all of the fun disappear.
Eifman, the founder and leader of the company, has created over 40 ballets during his 30-year career. “I’ve got a gift from the God to see how to express feelings through human body,” he has stated previously, with his choreographies noted for following their own rules.
Having already appeared on stages in New York City, London Coliseum, La Scala Milan, Berlin Staatsopern and the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow this year, after the performances in Mikkeli the company will make its debut visit to Australia.