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Dancers of the Eifman Ballet.
Dancers of the Eifman Ballet.
Dancers of the Eifman Ballet.
Dancers of the Eifman Ballet.
Dancers of the Eifman Ballet.
Dancers of the Eifman Ballet.
Dancers of the Eifman Ballet.

From Russia with Love: Red Giselle

by C California Style

St. Petersburg’s Eifman Ballet takes the stage in California this weekend

Jealousy, heartbreak and the supernatural entwine in romantic-tragic ballet Giselle, whose lead was inimitably embodied by the great Olga Spessivtseva. Decades later, the late Russian ballerina’s own tumultuous life was immortalized in Boris Eifman’s 1998 fantasy ballet, Red Giselle. This summer, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County will present both: Giselle with Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, starring Misty Copeland on opening night, and Red Giselle with Eifman’s eponymous St. Petersburg ballet company. Red Giselle: June 16–18; Giselle: July 28-30. 600 Town Center Dr., C.M., 714-556-2787; scfta.org.

Written by ELIZABETH KHURI CHANDLER.

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of C Magazine.