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Don Quixote 16/07/11
Eifman Ballet Lebanon, Baalbeck, Courtyard of the Two Temples
Reviewer: Muriel Kahwagi Daily Star (Lebanon) Homepage
    "Eifman’s dancers displayed the mastery of walking on air, defying gravity time after time. Their meticulous execution of Eifman’s choreography - effortlessly punctilious - was more than faithful to Cervantes’ masterpiece."
Don Quixote - or Fantasies of a Madman 09/06/11
Eifman Ballet USA, Cleveland, State Theatre
Reviewer: Steve Sucato Ballet.co Magazine Homepage
Dancers: Dorokhin, Manzheles, Matsak, Melkaev, Sitnikova, Turko, Volobuev, Poliakov
    "Overall, Eifman's inventive take on the ballet classic was an entertaining triumph danced beautifully by his very talented company of dancers."
Don Quixote 27/04/11
Eifman Ballet USA, Los Angeles, Segerstrom Hall
Reviewer: Victoria Looseleaf Los Angeles Times Homepage
Dancers: Fisher, Gabyshev, Manzheles, Melkaev, Sitnikova, Volobuev, Zmievets
    "If the world needs another balletic “Don Quixote” -– and it does not -– it shouldn’t be set in a mental institution. Alas, that is what choreographer Boris Eifman has wrought ..."
Don Quixote 22/04/11
Eifman Ballet USA, Chicago, Auditorium Theatre
Reviewer: Hedy Weiss Chicago Sun-Times Homepage
Dancers: Matsak, Melkaev, Sitnikova, Turko, Volobuev, Dorokhin, Manzheles
    "while this Don Quixote might be Eifman light, the seamlessness of his choreography is never without its pleasures."
Don Quixote 11/12/10
Eifman Ballet France, Lyon, Maison de la Danse
Reviewer: Laura Cappelle Financial Times Homepage
Dancers: Volobuev, Matsak
    "...but the resulting production, original and irreverential as it may be, is ultimately let down by its choreography."
Onegin 10/06/09
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Robert Gottlieb New York Observer Homepage
    "I hope for their sake that they’re not aware of how they’re squandering their talent."
Onegin 01/06/09
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Gia Kourlas The New York Times Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Gabushev
    "In his program notes, Mr. Eifman notes that basing his work on “Onegin” was “one more attempt to express innermost spirituality through dance.” Yet once again, he comes off like an angst-ridden teenager trying to find meaning in a cold, callous world. The rebel act is getting old."
Onegin 01/06/09
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Eric Taub Ballet.co Magazine Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Gabushev, Povorozniuk, Volobuev
    "Taken on its own merits, Eifman's raging eroticism is kind of fun; there are worse ways to spend one's evening than watching gorgeous, scantily-clad people getting it on to the strains of Tchaikovsky. Book him in one of those crazy nightclubs in Brighton Beach where the tables come pre-stocked with bottles of vodka, and I'm there."
Onegin 21/05/09
Eifman Ballet USA, Los Angeles, Orange County Performing Arts Center
Reviewer: Pam Diamond Oc Register Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Gabyshev, Volobuev
    'Emotional intensity, sinuous technique, and a fierce sensuality...Eifman's "Onegin" is a potent dance cocktail that leaves the audience both shaken and stirred.'
Onegin 21/05/09
Eifman Ballet USA, Los Angeles, Orange County Performing Arts Center
Reviewer: Laura Bleiberg Los Angeles Times Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Gabyshev, Povoroznyuk, Volobuev
    '.. twists a classic into knots. His (Eifman's) stories ultimately unreel in a sensationalist fashion, with sexuality amped up to the highest decibels.'
Eugene Onegin 17/05/09
Eifman Ballet USA, Chicago, Auditorium Theatre
Reviewer: Lucia Mauro Chicago Examiner Homepage
Dancers: Markov, Turko, Zmievets, Olinich, Radiush
    "...perhaps Eifman, in all his excess and spectacle, is really seeking answers to unsolvable questions. When Onegin is left at the end engulfed in a blizzard of letters, it's clear he still has more than a lifetime's worth of soul searching to do."
Eugene Onegin 16/05/09
Eifman Ballet USA, Chicago, Auditorium Theatre
Reviewer: Sid Smith Chicago Tribune Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Gabyshev
    "While the idea may be to update an old tale, Eifman's predilection for histrionics and over-the-top imagery sometimes make the Gothic excesses of Giselle seem minimalist by comparison."
Onegin 11/05/09
Eifman Ballet USA, Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall
Reviewer: Renee Renouf Ballet.co Magazine Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Gabyshev, Povoroznyuk, Volobuev
    "There is no gainsaying that Eifman’s Onegin has impact; all the ingredients are there - story line,sets, costumes and those remarkable dancers who seem to be cloned to the splits, a la secondes to the ear with a back bend wrap around the partners like pretzels. The sheer magnitude of the combination leaves me wondering if the sum will ever include nuance, let alone subtlety."
Onegin 11/05/09
Eifman Ballet USA, Boston, Cutler Majestic Theatre
Reviewer: Alan Helms Ballet.co Magazine Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Gabyshev, Povoroznyuk, Povoroznuk
    "I suspect that in time people will come to see Eifman as someone suffering the fate of Jerry Robbins in his own lifetime: dismissed as lightweight compared to Balanchine and altogether too Broadway. I certainly hope Eifman enjoys a different fate. There’s a lot of Broadway in Eifman, it’s true, but the more the merrier as far as I’m concerned. I don’t know if Eifman will come to be seen as a major choreographer making permanent contributions to dance, but while history is sorting that out, he’s providing entertainment of an extremely high order, and I for one am delighted."
Eugene Onegin 08/05/09
Eifman Ballet USA, Boston, Cutler Majestic Theatre
Reviewer: Jeffrey Gantz Boston Phoenix Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Gabyshev, Povoroznyuk, Volobuev
    "It's just that these Russian souls, racked by guilt and passion and not much else, are indistinguishable from those of Eifman's The Seagull and Anna Karenina and Russian Hamlet and Tchaikovsky and Red Giselle. And the same is true of their dancing. There should be more to Russia than a universal soul."
Onegin 06/05/09
Eifman Ballet USA, Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall
Reviewer: Allan Ulrich Financial Times Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Gabyshev
    "...Eifman, who, with his dedicated company, has searched Pushkin for universals and come up with arrant foolishness."
Onegin 05/05/09
Eifman Ballet USA, Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall
Reviewer: Mary Ellen Hunt San Francisco Chronicle Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Gabyshev, Povoroznyuk, Volobuev
    "It would be too simplistic to dismiss Eifman's style as all flash and shameless eroticism. His attempts to take a venerated Russian story and place it in the context of the New Russia may be audacious, but..."
Onegin 25/04/09
Eifman Ballet USA, Minneapolis, Northrop Auditorium
Reviewer: Caroline Palmer Minneapolis Star Tribune Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Gabyshev, Povoroznyuk, Volobuev
    "Overall, "Onegin" suffers from an identity crisis. It's a modern work mired in old-fashioned ideas. At times it offers sophisticated staging ...while at others the production values seem straight out of Vegas, without any sense of irony. Eifman is clearly a clever artist, but "Onegin" is more relic than revelation."
Anna Karenina 20/12/07
Eifman Ballet Israel, Jerusalem, TAPAC
Reviewer: Ora Brafman Jerusalem Post Homepage
Dancers: Abashova
    "With excessive facial expressions, gestures and symbolic movements, the story-ballet deals directly with verbal materials and spoonfeeds the audience with insights."
The Seagull 03/05/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Susan Yung Gay City News Homepage
Dancers: Gabyshev, Markov, Povoroznyuk, Sitnikova
    "Eifman is a creature of the theater and ballet, and loves to push boundaries to ever further extremes, leaving it there to embrace or reject."
Anna Karenina 30/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Roslyn Sulcas New York Times Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Markov, Smekalov
    "Mr. Eifman doesn’t really choreograph to music, here a patchwork of Tchaikovsky extracts and some electronic additions. He uses it to ramp up the emotional quotient, and his movement style, which mixes ballet with acrobatic, sensational partnering and modern dance elements, has the same objective."
Russian Hamlet 27/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Gia Kourlas The New York Times Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Kozlov, Markov, Osipov, Povoroznyuk
    ' “Russian Hamlet,” while managing to be both obvious and vague, takes place in a cartoonish world, where emotions — jealousy, anger and passion — stay close to the surface and the mysteries of the human soul remain out of sight.'
The Seagull 24/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Elizabeth Zimmer Ny Metro Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Smekalov, Zmievets
    "This “Seagull,” though, transforms its material so that even ballet novices can get a bead on the creative process. Its leading men, Yuri Smekalov as a smoldering Trigorin and Dmitri Fisher as the hotheaded young Treplev, vie both for the attention of women and for primacy as artists."
The Seagull 24/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Deborah Jowitt The Village Voice Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Smekalov, Zmievets
    "Eifman fans scream for this ballet, but surely even they admit it's not his best."
The Seagull, Double Voice, Cassandra 21/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Robert Johnson The Star-Ledger Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Smekalov, Zmievets
    "As always, what saves the ballet from appearing overwrought are Eifman's strict, formal discipline and his powerful sense of design relating figures in space. The characters' psychological dependence is reflected in acrobatic duets of imprisoning complexity."
The Seagull, Double Voice, Cassandra 20/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Tobi Tobias Bloomberg Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Smekalov, Zmievets
    "The dancers are as flexible as rubber bands and emotionally stretched to the snapping point; the stage patterns are exercises in simple geometry; the lifts acrobatic; the gestures extravagant. There's nothing soft or subtle in the choreography of Boris Eifman, 60, yet it can be crudely effective. It looks like animated poster art."
The Seagull 20/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Joel Lobenthal New York Sun Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Smekalov, Zmievets
    "Throughout the two acts, Mr. Eifman supplies his characteristic rubber-jointed solos and duets full of distorted shapes meant to convey tortured emotion, and he retools his signatures with economy and even finesse."
The Seagull 20/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Jennifer Dunning The New York Times Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Smekalov, Zmievets
    "Mr. Eifman’s lavish theatrical imagination and gift for staging seem to have deserted him ... With no strong narrative to transform, the ballet, set to Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, reduces the themes to bursts of hollow agony and bad dance through which the ballet staggers."
Eifman Ballet Excerpts: Cassandra, Who's Who, Karamazovs, Anna Karenina, Double Voice, Don Quixote, Don Juan and Moliere 19/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Eric Taub Ballet.co Magazine Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Ananyan, Eifman, Fisher, Gabyshev, Kozlov, Kuzmina, Povoroznyuk, Smekalov, Zmievets
    "...for all Eifman's irreverent sex, drama and rock'n'roll, and his dancers' undeniable strength and conviction, there's a touching and very Russian naivety in their unreserved embrace of kitsch masquerading as profundity."
Red Giselle, Cassandra, Extracts: Who's Who, Anna Karenina, Karamazovs, Don Quixote, Don Juan and Miliere 16/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Jennifer Dunning The New York Times Homepage
Dancers: Kozlov, Markov, Smekalov, Zmievets
    'The ballerina’s duet with a disembodied head is still audaciously inventive and great fun... But there is no need for toe shoes in “Red Giselle.” The paucity of steps — of a strong vocabulary — robs the work of a strong expressive core.'
Red Giselle 16/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Clive Barnes New York Post Homepage
Dancers: Kozlov, Markov, Smekalov, Zmievets
    '..loosely based on the tragic life of the great Russian ballerina Olga Spessivtseva (1895-1991), called simply "Ballerina" in the ballet.. danced with superb and passionate temperament flavored with madness by Nina Zmievets.'
Cassandra, Double Voice, Who's Who extract, Anna Karenina extract, Karamazovs extract, Don Quixote extract, Don Juan and Moliere 16/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Joel Lobenthal New York Sun Homepage
Dancers: Ananayan, Eifman, Gabyshev, Povoroznyuk
    '..as his troupe leapt from excerpt to excerpt, we saw his work at its best: ever-fascinated by the grotesque, limitlessly inventive, and unquestionably stageworthy. (Eifman) seemed like a grand master in his chosen métier'
The Seagull 13/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, New York, City Center
Reviewer: Robert Johnson Newark Star Ledger Homepage
    "At 60, Eifman has a company and a reputation to maintain far heavier responsibilities than he had in 1977. Yet the choreographer has not lost his desire for creative freedom."
The Seagull 02/04/07
Eifman Ballet USA, Boston, Cutler Majestic Theatre
Reviewer: Marcia B Siegel The Boston Phoenix Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Smekalov, Zmievets
    "To someone who didn’t know the play, Eifman’s Seagull might be a credible ballet — clear, well-danced, and smartly produced. Other than the clumsy movement innovations and the repetitious duets, it could make for an entertaining evening. But without its pretext of Chekhovian profundity, it would still be pretty banal."
The Seagull 31/03/07
Eifman Ballet USA, Boston, Cutler Majestic Theatre
Reviewer: Terry Byrne Boston Globe Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Smekalov, Zmievets
    "Chekhov may have brilliantly explored the effect of repressed emotions, but in his interpretation of "The Seagull," Eifman puts desire, denial, and despair right out on the dance floor."
The Seagull 29/03/07
Eifman Ballet USA, Boston, Cutler Majestic Theatre
Reviewer: Jeffrey Gantz Boston Phoenix Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Smelakov, Zmievets
    "Boris Eifman deep-sixes the 'minor' characters, leaving us with Irina, Trigorin, Treplev, and Nina, and he’s moved the action from the estate to the ballet studio, where Trigorin is the ballet master, Irina the prima ballerina, Treplev an aspiring choreographer, and Nina an aspiring principal. It’s not really Chekhov ..."
The Seagull 28/03/07
Eifman Ballet USA, Chicago, Auditorium Theatre
Reviewer: Lucia Mauro Chicago Tribune Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Smekalov, Zmievets
    '..a streamlined contemporary reflection on the perils of creative genius in territory that best evokes his world...Seagull" is both pared down and operatic..'
The Seagull 19/03/07
Eifman Ballet USA, Los Angeles, Orange County Performing Arts Center
Reviewer: Lewis Segal Los Angeles Times Homepage
Dancers: Fisher, Smekalov, Zmievets
    "Premiered in January and still reportedly subject to revision, Boris Eifman's "The Seagull" contains some of the Russian choreographer's most inspired solos and duets."
The Seagull 19/03/07
Eifman Ballet USA, Los Angeles, Orange County Performing Arts Center
Reviewer: Laura Bleiberg Orange County Register Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Smekalov, Zmievets
    "I will look forward, though, to seeing Fisher dance again, because he has tremendous talent. Hopefully, it will be in a ballet that's got nothing to do with boxes."
The Seagull 18/03/07
Eifman Ballet USA, Costa Mesa, Orange County Performing Arts Center
Reviewer: Anjuli Bai Ballet.co Magazine Homepage
Dancers: Abashova, Fisher, Smelakov, Zmievets
    "One can't help but wonder if happiness exists anywhere in Boris Eifman's choreographic world. Of the several productions I have seen by this choreographer, I can't recall in any of the stories he chooses to present either as a whole or in part, any instance of human happiness, joy, and love of life, success, fulfillment or any of the other positive attributes of life."

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