Choreographer Boris Eifman has created ballets based on the lives of Anna Karenina, Don Quixote, the dancer Olga Spessivtseva (Red Giselle), Rodin and Camille Claudel. A sort of Russian cousin to Matthew Bourne, the two entrepreneurs share a love of recent history viewed through a pop aesthetic that can shade toward camp, if not kitsch—a tendency that delights their fans if not their critics.
This weekend, as part of their 40th-anniversary North American tour, the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg brings a revised TCHAIKOVSKY to the Music Center. For dance audiences, Tchaikovsky’s music is irrevocably tied to several ballets, and in creating his piece, Eifman has avoided making obvious connections. The fact of the composer’s homosexuality has always been suppressed in his native Russia. How much of that tortured history—Tchaikovsky’s and Russia’s—Eifman addresses will be seen onstage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
TCHAIKOVSKY, Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, at 7:30 pm. Sunday, June 25, at 2 pm.
DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles.