The Company visits Japan for the first time since 1998

Eifman Ballet is going on tour in Japan. The Company is coming to Ōtsu (July 13), Shizuoka (July 15) and Tokyo (July 18, 19, 20 and 21). Local audience will see popular worldwide ballets Anna Karenina and Rodin, Her Eternal Idol.

The ballet based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy will be performed in Ōtsu, the city near Kyoto (the ancient capital of Japan). Shizuoka audience will have a chance to appreciate the production about great French sculptor. The spectators of Tokyo will enjoy both ballets. By the way, in 2010 Boris Eifman’s Anna Karenina premiered at the New National Theatre, Tokyo. Japanese dancers and the Company soloists successfully presented the production.

Eifman Ballet will perform at the high-prestige venues: Biwako Hall (Ōtsu), Granship (Shizuoka) and famous concert hall Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

During the 1990s, Japan was one of the key touring destinations for the Company. Eifman Ballet held five extremely successful tours across the country performing such iconic productions as The Idiot, The Mad Day, or the Marriage of Figaro, Intrigues of Love, The Master and Margarita, Thérèse Raquin, Tchaikovsky, Don Quixote, or Fantasies of a Madman, The Karamazovs, Red Giselle. A remarkable record is associated with the Japanese shows of Pinocchio in 1990: the 20-minute ovation from the local audience, who usually keep their emotions, is one of the longest ovations in the Company’s history. troupe. Eifman Ballet’s last tour in Japan took place in 1998.

“Japanese dance lovers will, in fact, rediscover our art. We will bring the ballets that represent both Russian and world culture. I hope that this repertory which has absorbed the creative achievements of the Company of the last decades will not leave anyone among the spectators indifferent,” says Boris Eifman.

The tour is supported by the Government of St. Petersburg, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy and the Festival of Russian Culture in Japan. It is organized by Japan Arts Corporation.