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Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg Anna Karenina Ballet

Closes Out Successful Performance in Doha

Doha-Qatar: The premiere of the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg in Qatar, Anna Karenina, took place at QNCC Al Mayassa Theatre in Qatar on the 12th and 13th of February in the presence of H.E. Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, the Ambassador of State of Qatar to the Russian Federation, and H.E. Excellency Mr. Nurmakhmad Kholov, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Qatar. The event, which continued a series of projects held in the framework of the Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018, was a hit among audiences with sold out shows on both days of the performance. The general partner of the event was Russian oil company Rosneft.

The audience was treated to the brilliant technical mastery of the dancers and Eifman’s outstanding choreography, and was captivated by the spectacular interpretation of the famed drama about the conflict between duty and desire. Eifman’s production comes as part of a rich cultural exchange program that aims to promote mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between Qatar and Russia.

H.E. Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Russian Federation, stated: “We are honored to have hosted the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg in Qatar for the very first time, showcasing a rich and vibrant element of Russian culture. We are pleased that the performance, which demonstrated Eifman’s expertise and outstanding technical mastery of the ballet company, was a huge success among our audiences.”

“Year of Culture Qatar-Russia took place in 2018 with the aim of strengthening relations between the State of Qatar and the Russian Federation and to celebrate the vibrant complexity of both nations and their people, and we look forward to continued shared cultural exchange between our two countries.”

H.E. Excellency Mr. Nurmakhmad Kholov, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Qatar, stated: “As the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, I’m happy to provide the friendly Qatari people and residents of the country with an opportunity to see this fantastic ballet performance for the first time. As one of the main cultural bulwarks of Russia, ballet has a special place in the hearts of our people and in our history. We are pleased to share this experience with the people of Qatar, who continue to welcome cultural exchange and mutual understanding. I am hopeful that Russia and Qatar continue their mutual cooperation in the field of culture as well as other important venues pertaining to our relationship.”

Ingenious Russian choreographer Boris Eifman created his own theatre to combine the dance and the drama and tell people touching stories of human souls. The famous choreographer successfully fused unconventional modern dance and the rich tradition of the Russian classical ballet. Eifman Ballet in Saint Petersburg was founded by the choreographer himself. The Company and theater is now widely known and loved by ballet fans all over the world.

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Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg was established by Boris Eifman in 1977 as an experimental laboratory, a ballet theatre of one choreographer.

Today ballet enthusiasts in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australia admire productions of the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg: I, Don Quixote, Red Giselle, Russian Hamlet, Anna Karenina, The Seagull, Eugene Onegin, Rodin, Her Eternal Idol, Beyond Sin, Requiem, Up & Down, Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA. These widely acclaimed works not only represent the highest level of artistic achievement in Russian contemporary ballet but also introduce international audiences to the spiritual heritage of Russia and the best of world culture — the inspiration behind the work of the choreographer and his dancers.

The Company is distinguished by its brilliant technique, exceptional commitment and intellectual interpretation. Its leading dancers, top of the range ballet professionals, recognised for their achievements both nationally and internationally, including prestigious theatre awards Golden Mask and Golden Soffit and prizes of the President and Government of Russia, implement Boris Eifman’s inspirational ideas. Among them are Maria Abashova, Lyubov Andreyeva, Dmitry Fisher, Oleg Gabyshev, Sergey Volobuev and others.

Project of cultural exchange between Qatar and Russia

2018 has been announced as a Year of Culture between Qatar and Russia. Despite the differences in size, climate and geography, our countries share common values: the will to modernize yet save and cherish national traditions and the goal to build the most comfortable infrastructure maximizing human potential.

Cross-cultural collaborations, exhibitions, concerts and festivals, educational and charity events, held on the territory of both countries in 2018, helped to unite two distinct cultures of Qatar and Russia. These areas allow to establish a particularly productive exchange of knowledge and experience between both countries with the respect for their historical heritage and the ability to respond to the challenges of contemporary world.

The Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018 allowed to create an atmosphere of trust and understanding which is crucial to build business relationships and strengthen economic, tourist and cultural partnership between two countries. All these areas will continue to develop and will be strengthened thanks to the Project of cultural exchange between Qatar and Russia.


Rosneft is the leader of Russia’s petroleum industry and the world’s largest public oil and gas company by liquid hydrocarbon production and reserves. The Company’s core operations are in hydrocarbon exploration and appraisal, production of oil, gas and gas condensate, offshore developments, refining, marketing of oil, gas and oil products inside and outside Russia.

Rosneft traditionally adheres to high standards of social responsibility and strongly contributes to the social and economic development of the Russian Federation by supporting ambitious projects to revive spiritual and national values while driving scientific development, culture, industry, education, and both professional and amateur sports.

Rosneft has been organizing a tour of the Boris Eifman state academic ballet theatre since 2016. In addition, the Company supports the Mariinsky theatre and the House of Music in St. Petersburg and finances the academic Symphony orchestra of the St Petersburg Philharmonic. D. D. Shostakovich, who is one of the symbols of Russia in the world.

Rosneft supports annual concerts of Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir in the regions of its presence with different programs. With the support of the Company in 2018 in the frameworks of the Year of Culture Qatar-Russia 2018 the concert of Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir was held at Katara Cultural Village Amphitheater in Doha.

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