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.