Eifman Ballet – The Karamazovs

It seemed like a bad idea: making a ballet out of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. The complicated and complex story does not lend itself to the straightforward kind of narrative that succeeds best in ballet. And yet Boris Eifman  ...

Paris Opera Ballet – Hurlevent

Bowl (Large) Khokhloma painting on wood is a traditional type of Russian decorative work. When the ornately painted fire curtain rose at the Palais Garnier, home of the Paris Opera Ballet, revealing a scrim onto which billowing  ...

Oakland Ballet – Nutcracker

On a scale of one to ten, let’s give the Oakland Ballet Nutcracker eight sugarplums. One for being different enough to keep even the most jaded balletomane from nodding off and sticking close to the E.T.A. Hoffman tale from  ...