ST. PETERSBURG, December 16. /TASS/. The St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theater led by Boris Eifman will perform in Barcelona for the first time. The company is travelling there on Saturday to present the Anna Karenina ballet based on Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel. Its performances in the capital of Catalonia and in the city of Pamplona will be held from December 17 to December 23.
"We are travelling to Barcelona for the first time during the 40-year history of our theater," Eifman told TASS. The theater’s guest performances will take place in the Liceu opera house where Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky danced. The choreographer expressed the hope that the company he leads will be able to present Russia’s contemporary art in a worthy manner there by showing the performance "combining traditions and innovations."
The performance will be accompanied by the orchestra of the local Liceu theater under the baton of Dutch conductor Conrad van Alphen. "That makes us very happy, because we do not often have an opportunity to dance to Thaikovsky’s music performed by an orchestra," Eifman said.
Over the past few years, Eifman’s ballet company performed in Spain on numerous occasions. This tour completes the jubilee year performances. This past autumn, Eifman became the laureate of the Baltic Star international award for developing and consolidating cultural ties in the Baltic region countries.
The Anna Karenina ballet staged in 2005 has received the Golden Mask and the Golden Soffit theater awards.