Source : Boris Eifman

Oh god, reality finally struck. Little Nadia is officially back on home soil after a crazy four month long Euro Trip and now on duty by representing The Booklet during promotional events in Montreal. Funny thing though, since I was in Russia last February, I  wanted to shoot myself since I failed to attend a Russian ballet. I felt as if, my Russian bucket list was incomplete when I flew to Spain after 10 days spent in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Apparently, after a retrospective, I didn’t piss off Lady Karma and the latter granted me redemption. You see, once I got back in town, Camille wanted me to pass by the office in order to catch up and gave me a pair of tickets to the premiere of Anna Karenina at Place des Arts. Oh boy, was I happy! In other words, I was at last attending a Russian ballet… in Montreal…. instead of St Petersburg, but whatever, Boris Eifman’s Ballet comes from St. Petersburg: close enough!

So here I was at Place des Arts with one of my best girl friends, Caroline, who filled in with great pleasure the role as my date, taking part of this amazing event while sipping on homemade cocktails, being photographed by the Huffington Post and witnessing one of the greatest art forms life has to offer,  that is -in my opinion- Ballet.

 Photo taken by Jean-François Galipeau for the Huffington Post

Caroline and I taken by Jean-François Galipeau for the Huffington Post

For those of you who don’t know Boris Eifman‘s ballet Anna Karenina, the latter is an adaptation from Leo Tolstoy’s novel that set aside all secondary story lines by focusing only on the Anna-Karenin-Vronsky love triangle. A story of passion, rejection and self-destruction; a work of raw emotions à la Russian ballet edition. Set during the late 19th century in St. Petersburg, Anna Karenina is part of Russian high society and married to Karenin when she meets the dashing Count Vronsky at a Russian ball. Sparks fly and she must choose between her marital and maternal duty over carnal pleasure. She falls captive to a woman’s tragic enslavement to her sensuality. That dependance, like any other disease, brings only suffering and eventually pushes Anna Karenina to commit suicide in order to put an end to her unbearable existence.

 Source : Boris Eifman

Source : Boris Eifman 

Source : Boris Eifman

Maria Obashova’s performance as Anna Karenina stunned the audience, myself included, by translating to perfection abstract notion and feelings through the strictures of esthetics that is Ballet. She was a real delight to witness on stage. She moves like a feather, graceful to its finest and she left me speechless several times throughout the show. If you do have the chance to see a Russian Ballet, I strongly advise you to see Boris Eifman’s Anna Karenina.

 Source : Boris Eifman

Anna Karenina will still be presented at Montreal’s Place des Arts till tomorrow night and will move to Toronto from April 23rd to the 25th and Chicago from May 8th till May 10th.

Featured image: Grandsballets.com

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