Russian Theater on the Big Screen: The Brothers Karamazov
The first screening of the series “Russian Theater on the Big Screen” in 2020.
The Brothers Karamazov
Eifman Ballet, Saint Petersburg
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Duration: 1 hour 26 min. ( no intermission)
The Brothers Karamazov novel is the epitome of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s creative work. The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel set in 19th-century Russia, that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual, theological drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, judgment, and reason, set against a modernizing Russia, with a plot that revolves around the subject of patricide. Dostoevsky composed much of the novel in Staraya Russa, which inspired the main setting. Since its publication, it has been acclaimed as one of the supreme achievements in world literature.
World-renowned choreographer Boris Eifman offers a remarkable vision of the core ideas within the novel, creating through choreographic art an equivalent of what Dostoyevsky investigated so masterfully in his book, the excruciating burden of destructive passions and evil heredity.