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. Here, the company performs a brand new ballet, Pygmalion, set to a score by Johann Strauss Jr.
Many major presenters are winding down their 2018-2019 seasons this spring, including Cal Performances. And it has chosen a theatrical wonder as its last dance offering. Striking visuals, high-throttle movement and dramatic design converge in the U.S. premiere of Eifman Ballet’s “The Pygmalion Effect,” choreographed by Boris Eifman and set to a lush score by Johann Strauss, Jr.