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Eifman Ballet 

When: May 1-2, 8 p.m. and Sun., May 3, 3 p.m. 2009
Price: $36, $48, $62

There's a kind of violence to the work of Russian choreographer Boris Eifman, who specializes in madness, anguish, and lurid sexuality. He's adapted several well-known works of literature for the stage, including Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, and Shakespeare's Hamlet -- all of which hew to his melodramatic sensibility (Eifman is big on tortured heroes, sequestered women, and individuals being oppressed by society). Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg will grace Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall (Bancroft Way at Telegraph Ave.) this weekend to premiere a new two-act interpretation of Alexander Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, with music by PiotrIlyich Tchaikovsky and Alexander Sitkovetsky. This version, simply called Onegin, will fuse classical ballet with modern dance elements, using elaborate costumes and stage sets. Friday & Saturday, May 1 & 2 (8 p.m.), and Sunday, May 3 (3 p.m.), $36-$62.

— Rachel Swan


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