The premiere of the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg in Qatar, 'Anna Karenina', took place at QNCC Al Mayassa Theatre in Qatar on the 12 - 13 of February in the presence of His Excellency (H.E.) Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, the Ambassador of State of Qatar to the Russian Federation, and H.E. Excellency Mr. Nurmakhmad Kholov, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Qatar. The event, which continued a series of projects held in the framework of the Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018, was a hit among audiences with sold out shows on both days of the performance. The general partner of the event was Russian oil company Rosneft.
The audience was treated to the brilliant technical mastery of the dancers and Eifman’s outstanding choreography, and was captivated by the spectacular interpretation of the famed drama about the conflict between duty and desire. Eifman’s production comes as part of a rich cultural exchange program that aims to promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between Qatar and Russia.
H.E. Fahad bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Ambassador of the Qatar to the Russian Federation, stated: “We are honored to have hosted the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg in Qatar for the very first time, showcasing a rich and vibrant element of Russian culture. We are pleased that the performance, which demonstrated Eifman’s expertise and outstanding technical mastery of the ballet company, was a huge success among our audiences.”
“Year of Culture Qatar-Russia took place in 2018 with the aim of strengthening relations between Qatar and the Russian Federation and to celebrate the vibrant complexity of both nations and their people, and we look forward to continued shared cultural exchange between our two countries.”
H.E. Excellency Mr. Nurmakhmad Kholov, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Qatar, stated: “As the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, I’m happy to provide the friendly Qatari people and residents of the country with an opportunity to see this fantastic ballet performance for the first time. As one of the main cultural bulwarks of Russia, ballet has a special place in the hearts of our people and in our history. We are pleased to share this experience with the people of Qatar, who continue to welcome cultural exchange and mutual understanding. I am hopeful that Russia and Qatar continue their mutual cooperation in the field of culture as well as other important venues pertaining to our relationship.”
As a continuation of projects in the framework of the Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018, the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg also held a tour for young ballet students, introducing them to their performance on the stage of QNCC Al Mayassa Theatre. The young attendees included both Qatar Foundation Ballet and Sophie Mcdonald Dance Company students, with movable ballet bars produced especially for the tour. The ballet bars will be left as a legacy to Qatar Foundation.
Ingenious Russian choreographer Boris Eifman created his own theatre to combine the dance and the drama and tell people touching stories of human souls. The famous choreographer successfully fused unconventional modern dance and the rich tradition of the Russian classical ballet. Eifman Ballet in Saint Petersburg was founded by the choreographer himself. The Company and theater is now widely known and loved by ballet fans all over the world.
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