Boris Eifman offers tribute to ‘Red Giselle’ at Segerstrom Hall

Boris Eifman draws potent and insightful parallels between a real life person and a fictional character. Dedicated as a tribute to great Russian ballerina Olga Spessivtseva, Red Giselle tells the story of this great artist — whose greatest role was Giselle – from the time she was selected to star in the Imperial Theater, through her complex and often abusive relationship with a secret police agent, to her flight from Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution and 20 years in a psychiatric ward in New York.

Inspired by the life of Olga Spessivtseva, Red Giselle is one of Eifman’s best known productions, with a sweeping narrative expressed through the lens of Spessivtseva’s most celebrated role.

It’s a compelling ballet-within-a-ballet that blurs the lines the lines between real and imagined in a gripping, contemporary tragedy performed with richness and ingenuity by Eifman’s gifted company.

Featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Adam and Schnittke, Red Giselle is a rare opportunity not to be missed. It opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa. Performances are also 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, as well as 1 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets start at $29, but as usual check for senior rush tickets at their website. These are usually only $20 cash for seniors 65 and over.

“This Russian dancemaker and his dancers are among the most fascinating artists before the public today.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“A highly dramatic and theatrical work, a perfected form of narrative ballet for which others in the West have strived.” – The New York Times

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