For Immediate Release

Calling All Children

Eifman Ballet Of St. Petersburg Presents New York Premiere Of 'Pinocchio' At City April 19-20


Everyone knows about Pinocchio’s nose, which when he lies, grows and grows.  But the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, which brings the ballet version of the classic Italian tale to City Center, April 19-20, tells the tale differently. A ballet for both children and adults,  “Pinocchio” is performed as part of Eifman Ballet’s New York season.

A Russian spectacle of shimmering light and color, the stage of Eifman’s “Pinocchio” is crowded with a cast of fantastical characters including donkeys, fairies, a fox, a dove, pirates, gypsies and clowns.  In the ballet, Karabas, an evil magician with the soul of a dictator, dreams of turning the world into a puppet theater.  It is the irrepressibly mischievous Pinocchio, who misadventure after misadventure, finally with the aid of The Good Fairy, saves the day. How Pinocchio succeeds, why and what finally becomes of him is the subject of this riveting ballet. Performed by Eifman’s internationally renowned dancers, the ballet, created in 1989, is a story of the victory of compassion over cruelty and dictatorship.

Performance Dates

“Pinocchio” will be presented at City Center on Saturday, April 19 at 3pm, Saturday, April 19  and 8pm and Sunday, April 20 at 3pm. City Center is located at 131 West 55th Street.  Tickets, which range from $40-$60, may be purchased at the City Center box office, through CityTix at 212-581-1212 or online at


Photo by Michael Bonfiglio