Added performance! Saturday, June 1, 2pm

"The ballet world in search of a major choreographer need search no more. He is Boris Eifman."

The New York Times

Dance
Eifman Ballet
The Pygmalion Effect (US Premiere Tour)
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 dancing is exquisite, the costumes are sumptuous, and the drama is riveting. Here, as part of the work's US-premiere tour, the company presents Eifman's thrilling 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).

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Donor Benefits

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Fri, May 31, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Sat, Jun 1, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Donor Event: Intermission Hospitality
Sun, Jun 2, 3pm
Zellerbach Hall Mezzanine
(Donors of $1500+)
Producer's Circle members are invited to join us for complimentary refreshments on the Mezzanine at Zellerbach Hall during the above performance(s). Donor Intermission Hospitality is the perfect place to enjoy a complimentary glass of wine in the company of other Producer's Circle members.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Mt. Beautiful wines generously donated by Leigh Teece in appreciation of Cal Performances' education outreach.


Donor Parking
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email donate@calperformances.org.

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]