(Elena Bobrova’s article appeared in Russia Beyond the Headlines 2/6.)
St. Petersburg’s Eifman Ballet has premiered a new work based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “Tender Is the Night” set to music by George Gershwin, Franz Schubert and Alban Berg. The ballet will be part of the company’s U.S. tour later this spring.
Eifman, who has defined his style as “psychological ballet,” is known for choosing unconventional themes for his works. He has created ballet based on Tolstoy novels, the poems of Pushkin, plays by Shakespeare and Molière and Rodin's sculptures.
In an interview with Russian daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Eifman said the current project came out of his desire to stage a ballet about Sigmund Freud.
"I am fond of psychoanalysis, and for a long time dreamed of putting on a performance showing how psychoanalysts are able to get into the inner world of people. But in Freud’s life there was no external intrigue,” Eifman said. “Having abandoned this idea, I nevertheless continued to look for material that would give me the chance to address a psychoanalytical subject. So I came to the novel ‘Tender Is the Night.’”