Thursday, 17 April 2014

Rodin

Rodin, Eifman Ballet, London Coliseum - reviewed on 15th April
 
Lyubov Andreyeva as Camille, Oleg Gayshev as Rodin
Photo: Souheil Michael Khoury
The Eifman Ballet's Rodin takes inspiration from the lives of sculptor Auguste Rodin and his mistress Camille Claudel. Following their breakup, the latter descended into madness and was confined to an asylum until her death 30 years later.
  
In Boris Eifman's choreography, the storyline is more or less impossible to understand, but it matters little because the beauty and drama of movements engage nonetheless. The dancers' pliable limbs are shaped effortlessly into all manner of contorted and striking poses, impressively transforming the cast into can can girls, deranged mental patients and even a clay-like mass that is forcibly sculpted by the title character.

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