Boris Eifman is shooting his newest ballet film in St. Petersburg

February 1, 2017 Oleg Krasnov, RBTH

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Boris Eifman, the celebrated choreographer and director of the St. Petersburg Academic Ballet Theatre, is directing his latest ballet film, Tchaikovsky: PRO et CONTRA, which is based on the production of the same name that Eifman revived on the stage of his theater in 2015.

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This is the choreographer's sixth work for the cinema in recent years. He has previously filmed his ballets, Anna Karenina, Yevgeny Onegin, Rodin, The Brothers Karamazov, and Up & Down.

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"Our job is to create a figural cinema in which the drama, the psychology and the characters are comprehensible; and whose emotions touch the heart and soul of viewers," said Eifman, as quoted by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

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"It’s not like a live broadcast, or a documentation of a performance because the adaptation of a ballet performance for the screen is a particular world," said Eifman. "The possibility of editing creates a completely different drama, one that is impossible in an auditorium. The combination of close up and long shot, the interaction of the protagonists - the sweep of an arm, the turn of a head. While retaining the choreography and emotion of our ballet performance, we are attempting to create a new cinematic version. It has many differences from the live performance. New scene arrangements emerge, new dramatic accents and even ideas."

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Eifman said that shooting will finish this the coming week, and after editing the film will be released on DVD.

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"If we get a high-quality result in the artistic and technical sense, then it will premier on the big screen," said Eifman.

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