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Eifman Ballet: The Pygmalion Effect 

When: Fri., May 31, 8 p.m., Sat., June 1, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., June 2, 3 p.m. 2019
Price: $18-$225
Exquisite bodies; spectacular costumes; unlimited energy; and themes of obsession, sensuality, madness, perfection, irresponsibility, and more combine in Russian choreographer Boris Eifman’s latest venture. Based on the well-known ancient myth of Pygmalion — a love story of the sculptor Pygmalion and the brought-to-life statue of Galatea with whom he becomes enamored — the ballet’s creator leaves audiences to interpret the work’s ultimate message. “I deliberately made the ballet finale open,” he has said in an interview. “No fat points — only question marks and ellipsis.” Set to a score by Johann Strauss, Jr. and launching into uncharted territory inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s classic version, the U.S. premiere is an event not to be missed. Ballet scaled to epic proportions is likely to set audiences spinning.
— Lou Fancher

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