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Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg
The Pygmalion Effect

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Venue: Segerstrom Hall Tickets start at $29.00


Inspired by the Greek myth


Renowned for his flamboyantly narrative ballets, the fiery Russian choreographer Boris Eifman creates works of “extreme theatricality and spectacular effect. The company’s gorgeous, hyper-flexible dancers are up to the challenge,” (The New Yorker). Often inspired by historical figures or great works of literature, Eifman explores the extremes of human emotion, a distinction that is at the heart of the choreographer’s creativity.

Keeping with his signature tradition, Eifman now takes inspiration from the Greek mythological tale of Pygmalion, a sculptor who became infatuated with his own life-like carving of a beautiful girl. For this West Coast Premiere ballet, the role of the passionate sculptor is performed by a ballroom dancer, who “sculpts” a young girl into a brilliant dancer. For the first time, Eifman uses the music of “The Waltz King” Johann Strauss Jr. to underscore the spiritual and physical transformation of his heroine. This is a dance event of the season not to be missed!

Music: Johann Strauss, Jr.
Choreography: Boris Eifman
Costume Designer: Olga Shaishmelashvili
Set Designer: Zinovy Margolin
Lighting Designer: Alexander Sivaev and Boris Eifman

The Pygmalion Effect is presented with special underwriting from Tim and Mary Harward

Running time (approximate): 1 hour and 50 minutes

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