Renowned for his flamboyant narrative ballets, fiery Russian choreographer Boris Eifman is back again in Montreal at the invitation of Les Grands Ballets, following the tremendous success of Anna Karenina in 2015.
Get ready for an evening of drama and passion. Set to Shostakovich’ String Quartet No. 8, the program begins with Eifman’s Requiem, a piece dedicated to the literary monument by the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, which tells the poignant story of the victims of Stalin’s repression. Next, Eifman interprets another Requiem, Mozart’s majestic unfinished masterpiece in which listeners seem to hear the “breath of eternity.” Group movements pair superbly with the music, celebrating the triumph of the human spirit in an exhilarating finale.
This version of Requiem will include additional scenes from the choreographer, set to Rachmaninoff and traditional music.