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Eifmani Ballett ''Teispool pattu'' / Балет Эйфмана ''По ту сторону греха''

Sa 09/03/2019 19:00
Alexela Kontserdimaja, Tallinn
34.90 - 124.90
Beyond Sin
A ballet by Boris Eifman

Based on The Brothers Karamazov novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Music: Richard Wagner, Modest Mussorgsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sets and costumes: Vyacheslav Okunev
Light: Boris Eifman

World premiere: April 29, 2013
Premiere in Estonia: March 9, 2019
Organizer: Estonian Ballet Agency

“Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.” These words of Fyodor Dostoevsky perfectly match the task of describing the ballet life of Boris Eifman who in each of his works intently and earnestly studies the most complicated aspects of life and spirit.

The Beyond Sin ballet is a new choreographic interpretation of Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov. By having fundamentally rethought and reworked his own earlier world renowned production The Karamazovs of 1995, also based on this timeless masterpiece of Russian literature, Boris Eifman created an emotionally rich and full of philosophy psychodrama ballet.

Beyond Sin is a modern in technical and artistic-expressive respects scenic creation which broaches age-old “accursed” questions. In the context of the almost universal value crisis of the early XXI century, the choreographer turned to the non-negotiable, secure ethical foundations and staged a ballet on the subjects of theomachy and God-seeking, of faithlessness and faith, of the nature of sin and of spiritual salvation.

The Brothers Karamazov novel was the epitome of Dostoevsky’s creative development, the acme of the philosophic investigation carried out by this colossal and restless mind throughout his life. Expanding the potential of body language as a way of exploring the inner world of man, Eifman offers his vision of the key ideas of the novel. Beyond Sin both carries on and develops the tradition of the psychological ballet art and strives to accomplish another equally complicated task – to create a choreographic art equivalent to the subject so masterfully investigated by Dostoevsky – that of the racking burden of destructive passions and of bad heredity.

The Beyond Sin ballet is an attempt to study the origins of the moral catastrophe of the Karamazovs, to understand the primal essence of the ‘excessively broad’ human nature, the mystery of the inner life of human hearts and souls where ‘God and Devil are fighting.’ Having, on principle, rejected the idea of putting on stage all the story lines of the novel, Eifman focused on the process of creating choreographic insights into the souls of the main characters beset with internal conflicts.

In The Brothers Karamazov there is expressed a pivotal idea: if there is no God then ‘all things are lawful.’ Our modern times could be comprehensively described with a different expression: ‘God exists, and yet all things are lawful.’ For this very reason time is now ripe to rethink the issues and problems which haunted Fyodor Dostoevsky and his heroes. A search for the ways to the happiness of mankind, the price to be paid for such a harmony, the power of vice and sin over man, the nature of true faith – one who seriously ponders over these topics simply cannot cherish hopes for attaining absolute truth. But touching upon them we are step by step moving toward a better understanding of ourselves in this imperfect and ever-changing world.

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Eifmani Ballett ''Teispool pattu'' / Балет Эйфмана ''По ту сторону греха'' Sa 09/03/2019 19:00 Alexela Kontserdimaja, Tallinn 34.90 - 124.90
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18:00 The doors to the Concert Hall and Cafés will be opened
19:00 Start of the event. Intermission 30 minutes.
Latecomers are not allowed to the hall! We apologize for the inconvenience!
21:00 The approximate end of the event

No age limit
Free entrance to children up to 4 if sitting on a parent lap
Latecomers are not allowed to the hall!
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