Boris Eifman draws potent and insightful parallels between a real life person and a fictional character. Dedicated as a tribute to great Russian ballerina Olga Spessivtseva, Red Giselle tells the story of this great artist -- whose greatest role was Giselle - from the time she was selected to star in the Imperial Theater, through her complex and often abusive relationship with a secret police agent, to her flight from Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution and 20 years in a psychiatric ward in New York.
Inspired by the life of Olga Spessivtseva, Red Giselle is one of Eifman’s best known productions, with a sweeping narrative expressed through the lens of Spessivtseva’s most celebrated role. It’s a compelling ballet-within-a-ballet that blurs the lines the lines between real and imagined in a gripping, contemporary tragedy performed with richness and ingenuity by Eifman’s gifted company. Featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Adam and Schnittke, Red Giselle is a rare opportunity not to be missed.
Choreography and staging by Boris Eifman
Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Alfred Schnittke, Georges Bizet
“This Russian dancemaker and his dancers are among the most fascinating artists before the public today.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“A highly dramatic and theatrical work, a perfected form of narrative ballet for which others in the West have strived.” – The New York Times