The Pygmalion Effect - Boris Eifman Ballet Festival Berlin

The history of the artist, who falls in love with his own creation, has already been dealt with many times in the art world. With "The Pygmalion Effect", master choreographer Boris Eifman presents a new, subtle interpretation of the mystical material.

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  • Evgeny Matveev
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  • Souheil Michael Khoury
  • Evgeny Matveev
Enchanting development of the awkward girl into a master dancer

Eifman offers the audience a novel ballet interpretation of the archetypal subject about the sculptor who falls in love with the statue of a beautiful girl created by him. A successful and impetuous ballet star discovers an awkward dancer in a poor part of town. He decides to take her in and train her as a virtuoso ballet dancer. Her transformation into a graceful swan follows the sounds of Johann Strauss, whereby the choreographer works with the works of the "Waltz King" for the first time in his rich artistic career.

Closing ranks on psychology

Boris Eifman is fascinated not only by the artistic and aesthetic facet of the Pygmalion myth, but also by the psychological aspect. The ballet piece "The Pygmalion Effect" also invites us to reflect on the power of longings and illusions.

In psychology, the "Pygmalion Effect" is the phenomenon that expectations influence reality. Thus, a person who is perceived as successful by another will feel confident and successful. The amazing plasticity of personality, unpredictably capable of changing according to attitudes and dreams, finds its exhaustive artistic and philosophical development in the performance of Eifman.  

"What is life itself, if not a delusion?"

The ballet "The Pygmalion Effect" is a choreographic interpretation of the myth about the artist and his creations, a new look at the theme of difficult interaction and the eternal disagreement between art and life. The wonderful transformation does not bring happiness to the heroine. The harmony disappears constantly with the remnants of the dream image. But what is life itself, if not an illusion, born of the longing for an unattainable dream?..." Boris Eifman

A ballet ensemble as an elegant storyteller

For decades, Eifman and his ballet company have been setting standards in telling new stories in and with dance, expanding the expressive possibilities of classical ballet and thus combining music, narrative and dance into a new unity. For this he is famous and celebrated all over the world.

"The Pygmalion Effect"
Ballet by Boris Eifman
after the music of Johann Strauss (son)
Stage: Zinovij Margolin
Costumes: Olga Shaishmelashvili

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