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Arts Calendar / March 12 / Ballet
19:00 The Pygmalion Effect
Ballet by Boris Eifman in two acts to music by Johann Strauss Jr. St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet production. In the framework of Golden Mask National Theatre Festival. 120 min (with one interval). Choreographer: Boris Eifman. Set Designer: Zinovy Margolin. The Pygmalion Effect is Boris Eifman’s first endeavour in recent years to work in the genre of comedy or, more accurately, tragicomedy – the form which the choreographer has perfected. As he once again finds inspiration in the world cultural heritage, Eifman offers his audience a ballet interpretation of the archetypical story of Pygmalion, the sculptor who fell in love with his creation, a statue of a beautiful young woman. In the ballet storyline the role of the tempestuous creator falls to a successful ballroom dancer who resolves to “sculpt” a virtuoso performer from a clumsy common girl. Internal and external transformation of the heroine takes place against the background of music by Johann Strauss the Son. This is the first time in the choreographer’s prolific creative career that he works with the music of the “Waltz King”. In this production Eifman presents a comprehensive artistic and philosophical portrayal of a human personality’s remarkable flexibility and ability to undergo unpredicted change in response to set aims and aspirations.
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