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29 July 2022 (Fri), 19:00 World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1776) - Small Stage - Modern Ballet "Chereshnevy Les" Open-Art Festival - Ballet "Rodin"

Schedule for "Chereshnevy Les" Open-Art Festival - Ballet "Rodin" 2022

Choreography: Boris Eifman
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Composer: Jules Massenet
Light Designer: Gleb Filshtinskiy
Scenography: Zinovy Margolin

Orchestra: Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet

Premiere of this production: 22 November 2011, Saint-Petersburg


Ballet by Boris Eifman

To music by Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saens, Jules Massenet
Scenery: Zinoviy Margolin
Costumes: Olga Shaishmelashvili
Light: Gleb Filshtinsky, Boris Eifman

The production participates in the Golden Mask National Festival.

Rose Beuret

New ballet of Boris Eifman "Rodin" is dedicated to life and creative work of great sculptors Auguste Rodin and his apprentice, lover and muse Camille Claudel.
The story of their passionate relationship is full of drama. For 15 years Rodin and Claudel had been one sensual and creative body. But their breakup dealt a death blow to Camille’s mental health and marked the beginning of her destruction. Almost forgotten, isolated from the outside world, vegetating in misery, Claudel goes out of her mind. Her obsession about the deliberate conspiracy against her, of which she considered Rodin the main participant, has been a permanent torture for the woman’s mind depressed by her mental disease. For the whole of 30 years she had to spend her life in a mental asylum, where Camille died in 1943, forgotten and left by everyone.

The "Rodin" ballet of Boris Eifman is a massive artistic utterance about the tragic nature of life of geniuses. With the help of unique body language of the modern psychological ballet, which the choreographer had sharpened skillfully in his previous performances ("Onegin", "The Seagull", "Anna Karenina", "Russian Hamlet" and others), Eifman not only presents a new conception of the world of human passions studied masterfully by Rodin and Claudel in their works, but also creates a masterpiece dedicated to the incomprehensible mystery of the process of creation.

Boris Eifman:  "Life and love of Rodin and Claudel is an amazing story of two artists, in an incredibly dramatic alliance of which everything interlaced: passion, hatred, artistic jealousy. Spiritual and energetic interchange of two sculptors is a unique phenomenon: living together with Rodin, Camille was not only inspiring him, helping to find a new style and to create masterpieces, but also was going through the impetuous development of her own talent, actually, she was transforming into a great master.

After her breakup with Rodin, Claudel begins to plunge into the darkness of insanity. The soul of a poor woman is burnt to ashes with the pathological hatred to her former teacher and lover man, who had stolen, in Camille’s opinion, her life and gift. Rodin’s longing for his muse, torments of his conscience and delusion of Camille, or the insane Erinye, which her ruthless destiny had turned her to, the delusion caused by her mental disease and full of sick obsessions – all of these are reflected in the new ballet.

With the help of body language we talk in our performance about passion, internal struggle, despair – about all of those life phenomena of human spirit, which are brilliantly expressed by Rodin and Camille in bronze and marble. To turn a moment frozen in stone into an irrepressible sensuous stream of body movements is what I was striving for when creating this new ballet performance.

"Rodin" is a contemplation about the unreasonable price which geniuses have to pay for creation of eternal masterpieces, and also about those torments and mysteries of creation process which will always disturb minds of artists ".




A mental asylum, where patients wander like somnambulists, is the last shelter for Camille Claudel, a lover of the great Rodin. After a visit from the sculptor, she feels nothing but pain and despair. In his memories, Rodin returns in his past...
Sculptor’s workshop. Here is the place where Rodin’s wild fantasies come to life through clay and bronze. With her appearance, Camille, a young model, starts a fire in the heart of Rodin, who is in his middle age.
It is intolerable for Camille to wake up in the mental asylum. However, her sufferings at the hands of the other female patients, who beat and abuse her, are nothing compared to the horrible emptiness that enlaced Camille’s soul.
The life of old Rodin is full of grief. The tenderness of his devoted Rose is heavier than iron bonds. The sculptor is buried in his thoughts, where he finds himself an impetuous creator again. Camille is by his side, with her passion and gift of genius that give him power. Rodin’s indifference makes Rose suffer.
Camille’s coming insanity is already near: her mind becomes bedimmed with an obsession. But still her life is an endless vortex, in the very center of which is Rodin. Without hesitation, she gives her genius to her beloved and her master. Envy of Camille as an artist grows in the sculptor’s soul.
Rodin wins his success. Camille, his mate and co-author of his works, is left behind as an unknown witness of another’s glory.


The Gates of Hell are created in sufferings. Camille works devotedly with Rodin. Rose follows Rodin constantly, which makes him go through torment and repentance. Happy moments of his life revive in his mind: young Rose, beautiful and lovely bacchante, whom Rodin meets at a grape festival.
Camille’s relationship with her master becomes a torture for her. In a blaze of despair, she escapes from her beloved. A passing affair with a random lover cannot heal her scars. She has no other choice than to return to Rodin, who is her destiny and her curse.
The sculptor is embarrassed. His heart is torn between burning passion for one woman and sincere affection for another one. How can he break this vicious circle of incessant torments?
Camille is coming closer and closer to the edge of the abyss. Her work on Clotho, fearful anthem to ruthless Fate, exhausts her mental state completely. Distressed by critics, Camille destroys her sculpture in a blaze of rage.
Camille suffers from nightmares. She sees Rodin as an ugly beast who is guilty of all her tortures. The poor woman has no way to escape from this insanity, which captures her mind and soul.

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Schedule for "Chereshnevy Les" Open-Art Festival - Ballet "Rodin" 2022

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