No balletomane is neutral about the work of the Siberian-born Boris Eifman. Either you're enamored — or even skeptically entertained — by his hyper-dramatic, emotionally intense interpretations of Russian literature and artistic icons, or you're disgusted by his psychologically overwrought, lurid ventures into sex and violence by way of the ballet idiom. Eifman is, it must be said, immensely popular in Russia for all of those reasons. His "Rodin" is no exception. The St. Petersburg-based ballet troupe returns to Northrop this week with Eifman's take on the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, delving into the artist's tempestuous relationship with his muse Camille Claudel, an artist in her own right. Approach with... More >>>