Eifman Ballet: The Pygmalion Effect
A ballet by Boris Eifman
Johann Strauss, Jr., music
Zinovy Margolin, set design
Olga Shaishmelashvili, costume design
Alexander Sivaev and Boris Eifman, lighting design
For 40 years, across a shifting political climate for artists in his native Russia, the defiantly controversial choreographer Boris Eifman has created "works that hinge on extreme theatricality, acrobatic pas de deux, and spectacular effects" (The New Yorker) for his Saint Petersburg company. In Eifman's productions, the costumes are sumptuous, the dancing is exquisite, and the drama is riveting. Here, the company presents the United States premiere of his brand new ballet, The Pygmalion Effect, set to a score by Johann Strauss, Jr. "This Russian dancemaker and his dancers are among the most fascinating artists before the public today" (San Francisco Chronicle).