Natalia Osipova’s Pure Dance with David Hallberg 

LEAVES ARE FADING by Tudor, Natalia Osipova and David Hallberg, Credit: Johan Persson

April 3-6, 2019 (Follow the link for tickets and more information)

This week, international ballet star Natalia Osipova brings a hand-picked showcase of classical and contemporary dance to New York City Center. Her program, Pure Dance, will feature six works: “The Leaves are Fading” (Antony Tudor), “Flutter” (Iván Pérez, US premiere), “In Absentia” (Kim Brandstrup, US premiere), “Six Years Later” (Roy Assaf), “Ave Maria” (Yuka Oishi, US premiere), and “Valse Triste” (Alexei Ratmansky, US premiere). The mixed bill premiered at Sadler’s Wells (London) in September 2018. Osipova will dance across American Ballet Theatre principal dancer David Hallberg, as well as Jonathan Goddard and Jason Kittelberger.

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg—The Pygmalion Effect, NY Premiere 2019

June 7-9, 2019 (Follow the link for tickets and more information)

Another premier follows with a production by the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. Set to the music of Johann Strauss, Jr. and choreographed by Boris Eifman, The Pygmalion Effect draws its characters from mythology. According to the Greek story, Pygmalion is an artist who created a beautiful ivory sculpture of a woman and falls in love with his creation. But the ballet is titled The Pygmalion Effect, not Pygmalion. The Pygmalion Effect, in turn, refers to the phycological phenomena of others’ expectations influencing a persons’ behavior (i.e. if a superior expects his subordinate to fail, it is more likely the subordinate will do so). Of his work choreographer and company founder Boris Eifman has said, “I create ballets of a different kind, where self-expression becomes the subject and in which there is drama, philosophy, characters and an idea.” The Pygmalion Effect is nothing less.

Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia—Masquerade

June 13-16, 2019 (Follow the link for tickets and more information)

After an acclaimed run of Chekov’s Uncle Vanya, directed by Rimas Tuminas, at the 2017 Cherry Orchard Festival, the Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia will return to New York City Center with a production of Mikhail Lermontov’s Masquerade for this year’s Festival season. Set in St. Petersburg in the 1830s, Masquerade tips between tragedy, comedy, and absurdity, and finds its center in the life of a spirited and rebellious protagonist, Eugene Arbenin. Lermontov’s four-act play is written entirely in verse and will be performed in Russian with English subtitles.