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17 July
Russian Hamlet by Boris Eifman on the Historical Stage of the Bolshoi Theater

On July 16th and 17th, the Moscow premiere on the historical stage of the Bolshoi Theater took place  - the Russian Hamlet opened the summer theater program of the Chereshnevy Les Festival. Many Russian celebs & cultural figures came to appreciate Boris Eifman’s production. 
Russian Hamlet has not been performed by the company of the St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theater for many years, and was returned to the repertoire in the year of its 40th anniversary celebration. This ballet performance started the tour of the Boris Eifman Theater in Moscow. The ballets Eugene Onegin, Rodin, Beyond the Sin, Up & Down, Anna Karenina are to be showed within the tour.
Boris Eifman insists that he does not restore his old ballets, but creates new versions: "This is the performance of the XXI century, meeting the requirements of the modern choreography and modern technology, as well as the creative opportunities that our troupe has."
The choreographer turned to the iconic figure of Pavel I in his performance. He is one of the most mysterious and ambiguous characters in Russian history. Unpopular with the historians, Eifman’s Pavel is justified: after all, the choreographer loves the protagonists with a tragic and ambiguous fate. There are all the classic components, as if in the ancient Greek tragedy: the mother's confrontation, the fear of death, loneliness, the court’s antipathy.
The Russian Hamlet changed the life of the performer of the main role Oleg Gabyshev: he dreamed of playing this part for fourteen years, since the time when he saw the ballet for the first time in Novosibirsk. "I watched the performance twice – like a viewer and fr om behind the scenes. It was incredible, and I decided to try myself in modern plastic, "- shared the premiere of the Boris Eifman Ballet Theater.
According to Maria Abashova, Eifman seemed to have forgotten the old version of the Russian Hamlet and worked with the soloists as if he was making a new play: "He asks to dance not variations but emotions: dance hatred and anger. We must twist the pirouette, make supports, but show the emotions." Artists, who overextend themselves, change the costumes off-stage: there are scenes when they change their clothes for half a minute, which keeps both the artists and the audience in constant tension.
The Bolshoi Theater played a special role in the long history of the Russian Hamlet. It was here in 2000 that the Russian premiere of this ballet was held. It was presented by the troupe of the Bolshoi, wh ere Eifman took his performance created a year earlier.
The main parts of the new performance were played by the stars of the theater’s company - prizewinners of the international competitions, Golden Mask and Golden Sofit, prizes of the President of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Russian Federation including Honored Artist of Russia Oleg Gabyshev, Maria Abashova, Lyubov Andreeva, Sergei Volobuyev, Oleg Markov and others.


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