Title: Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg returns to the Center with Southern California Premiere of Onegin
Date: May 20, 22 - 24 2009
Tickets on sale now for groups of 15 or more; single tickets go on sale March 15
COSTA MESA, CA – The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia returns to the Orange County Performing Arts Center for its fifth engagement in Segerstrom Hall May 20 and 22 – 24. Artistic Director and Choreographer Boris Eifman is presenting the Southern California premiere of Onegin, a powerful new interpretation of Alexander Pushkin's classic, Eugene Onegin. The story was originally set in the 19th century against the opulent backdrop of the Russian Empire, but in Eifman's inimitable and perceptive choreographic style, he has set Onegin in today's world: "I transported Pushkin's characters to our times, placing them in new circumstances, more dramatic, even extreme, when the old world is collapsing and life dictates new rules. …What would the novel's characters do with their lives today? I needed that experiment in order to answer the question that troubles me: what is the Russian soul today?" Free Preview Talks will be held one hour prior to each performance.
Additionally, the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg is performing at the Center on May 21 as part of Tour de Force: A Gala Dance Spectacular. For that event, the company is performing excerpts from several of its most renowned works and Eifman is creating a special new work, titled Fallen Angel, to be performed by Nikolay Tsiskaridze. From classic pas de deux to contemporary, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Tour de Force will be a never-to-be-forgotten array of glorious dance artistry and genius.
Tickets for the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg's Onegin are $25 – $85 and go on sale March 15. They will be available online at OCPAC.org, at the Center's Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 15 or more, call the Group Sales office at 714.755.0236. The TTY number is 714.556.2746. Artists and program are subject to change.
The Orange County Performing Arts Center applauds Mercedes-Benz, USA, the Premier Sponsor of the Center's 2008-2009 Season. Support for the Center's International Dance Series is provided by Audrey Steele Burnand Endowed Fund for International Dance, Jane and Jim Driscoll and Segerstrom Foundation Endowment for Great Performances. The Center thanks media sponsors Classical KUSC 91.5 and Coast magazine.
A young woman's infatuation meets an aristocrat's insensitivity in this retelling of one of literature's most passionate and poignant love stories. In Eifman's telling, Eugene Onegin is a dashing rogue who toys with the affection of Tatiana, a shy and impressionable country girl. Though Tatiana falls hopelessly under his spell, Onegin mercilessly rejects her, only to recognize his true feelings many years later. As the tale continues, the jaded aristocrat comes to regret his spurning of the lovelorn girl. Onegin's dramatic declaration of devotion to Tatiana – now married and a member of St. Petersburg's glittering social scene – ultimately culminates in remorse, heartbreak and love unfulfilled. In the ballet, Eifman explores the turn of events with psychological acuity and emotional drama.
Sumptuous costumes, magical staging and atmospheric lighting generate a theatrical spectacle in which the dancers in the corps de ballet ebb and swirl with dramatic intensity, while the soloists embody their characters with artistic integrity and emotional truth.
Having created more than 40 ballets, Boris Eifman is one of the few Russian choreographers to have sustained such a prolific creative life in recent decades. Eifman has received Russia's prestigious Golden Mask Award for both his works and his lifetime achievement in contemporary choreography. He is also a four-time recipient of the St. Petersburg theater award, The Golden Sofit. His other awards and distinctions include the Triumph Award, the Russian state award for his contribution to the development of the performing arts, induction into France's Order of Arts and Letter; the distinguished title of The People's Artist of Russia and a professorship at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.
In 1977, Eifman founded The New Ballet of Leningrad (now known as the St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theater, or Eifman Ballet) – Russia's first and only ballet theater dedicated to performing works by a single choreographer. He is noted for creating original choreographic works based on classical ballet and infused with the spirit of contemporary choreography.
Eifman's artistic philosophy is rooted in contemporary issues. Immersing himself in the dark and daunting realm of the human psyche (The Idiot, Murderers, Don Quixote, Red Giselle and Russian Hamlet), Eifman creates classic examples of psychoanalysis on stage. He shows extreme states of being, seeing the madness of his characters as mental illness, but as a unique ability to access other worlds and dimensions. He plunges into the depths of today's most relevant philosophical and spiritual questions – which were the basis for Russian Hamlet, Don Juan and Moliere and Who's Who. In 2002, Eifman created the one-act ballet Musagete for New York City Ballet as part of the George Balanchine Centennial Celebration program. In creating his style, Eifman worked through many paradigms and styles of movement, turning his theater into a creative lab for exploration and discovery. Concerned above all with the theatrical impact of his productions, the choreographer does not restrict himself to the conventions of pure classical ballet. His works are each a complex, all-encompassing spectacle, constantly revealing new forms and principles of dancemaking. Eifman creates his own type of theater – a theater ruled by emotion.
Orange County Performing Arts Center
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It owns and operates the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall, which opened in 1986, and the 2,000-seat Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which opened in 2006 and also houses the 500-seat Samueli Theater, and the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Education Center's studio performance space and Boeing Education Lab. These state-of-the-art facilities are united by a community arts plaza.
The Center's Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and community plaza, along with facilities of the adjacent Tony® Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the new home of the Orange County Museum of Art, are located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
The Orange County Performing Arts Center presents a broad range of programming each season for audiences of all ages from throughout Orange County, and beyond, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, up and coming indie bands, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events.
It offers many education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. These programs reach more than 500,000 students of all ages with vital arts-in-education programs, enhancing their studies and enriching their lives well into the future.
The Orange County Performing Arts Center is proud to serve as the artistic home to the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale.
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Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg's Onegin
Orange County Performing Arts Center - Segerstrom Hall
May 20 & 22 at 7:30 p.m.
May 23 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
May 24 at 2 p.m.
Free Preview Talks will be held one hour before each performance in Segerstrom Hall
Orange County Performing Arts Center
600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
Tickets: $25 – $85 Available now to groups of 15 or more; single tickets go on sale March 15
In person - The Center Box Office, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Online - OCPAC.org
Phone - 714.556.2787
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
TTY number - 714.556.2746
Group Sales - 714.755.0236
Artists and programs are subject to change. Orange County Performing Arts Center is a private, non-profit organization. "Orange County Performing Arts Center" is a registered trademark.