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Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg

Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Brothers Karamazov novel is the epitome of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s creative work, the acme of the philosophic investigation carried out by this colossal and restless mind throughout his life.


World renowned choreographer Boris Eifman offers a remarkable vision of the core ideas within the novel, expanding upon them through body language as a way of exploring the origins of the moral devastation of the Karamazovs; creating through choreographic art an equivalent of what Dostoyevsky investigated so masterfully in his book, the excruciating burden of destructive passions and evil heredity. 


In cinemas: November 2019

DCP, Blu-Ray, MP4, LANsat, Eclair Digital

Photo: Evgeny Matveev, Katerina Kravtsova, Michael Khoury,

Yulia Kudryashova

Language: Russian (briefly) Translation: English subtitles

Running time: 1 hour 26 minutes


"Of the ballet choreographers making narrative works for major stages, Russian Romantic Boris Eifman is virtually the only one totally in touch with the 21st century… Eifman outpaces the zeitgeist" - Los Angeles Times

"The ballet world in search of a major choreographer need search no more. He is Boris Eifman…” - The New York Times

"Eifman’s choreography veers seamlessly between thumping ensembles and troubled, acrobatic danced monologues in which every ounce of emotion is paraded in pained limbs" – The Times (UK)

"Boris Eifman is a theatrical magician!"  NY Post

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About the Artistic Director: Boris Eifman is considered to be one of the leading choreographers in the world. After working for 10 years at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, in 1977, he formed his own ballet ensemble, interweaving classical ballet, modern dance and ecstatic impulses to create a completely different form of choreography where self-expression becomes the subject and in which there is drama, philosophy, characters and a central idea. A distinct feature of Eifman’s theater, its trademark, is that almost all of his performances have a plot and, often, a literary source. In this way he can plunge into a realm that is familiar, all the while discovering and revealing the unexplored. His unique lexicon and conceptual, authorial interpretations are a breakthrough into that fantastic dimension where the boundlessness of inner worlds comes to life.

Text by Tatiana Boborykina

Creative Team

Choreographer, director and producer – Boris Eifman

Director of photography – Alexander Burov

Sets and costumes – Vyacheslav Okunev

Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff, Richard Wagner, Modest Mussorgsky


Alexey Karamazov – Dmitry Fisher

Ivan Karamazov – Sergey Volobuev

Dmitry Karamazov – Oleg Gabyshev

Grushenka – Maria Abashova

Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov – Igor Polyakov

and the dancers of Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg


The Brothers Karamazov (Russian language)

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