Choreographer Boris Eifman's fascination with the porosity between reality, imagination and psychosis have made him artistically significant and hugely popular. That's not just in his native Russia, but locally, as demonstrated by his company's six prior Southland visits. Cinematic in style, passionate in both choreography and his choice of subject matter, Eifman returns with his Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg to unveil his Rodin. Eifman focuses on both Auguste Rodin's obsessive creative impulses, which led to such masterworks as The Thinker
and The Kiss
, as well as the French sculptor's passionate involvement with Camille Claudel — his muse, his lover and a sculptor in her own right but destined to devolve into madness. The duality of artistic and amorous excess isn't unique to Rodin, but as usual, Eifman focuses on someone whose work changed the course of his chosen art form, even as he lived a life brimming with dramatic material, which Eifman almost gleefully mines. Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa; Fri.-Sat., May 3-4, 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., May 4-5, 2 p.m.; $29-$119. (714) 556-2787, scfta.org.
May 3-4, 7:30 p.m.; May 4-5, 2 p.m., 2013