Alexander Pushkin’s novel as a classical ballet
John Cranko knew how to tell a story through dance. One of the strongest testaments of this is Onegin, based on Alexander Pushkin’s verse novel Eugene Onegin about love and conventions in 1820s St. Petersburg.
A lover’s dilemma
Pushkin described the shallow life of a socialite, and a lover’s dilemma. The one you loved intensely, but never got, comes back wanting you, but now you are taken . . . What do you do?
Onegin is all about having a good time, and when Tatyana declares her love, he rejects her dismissively and condescendingly. Some years later, the roles are reversed. She is well-married and now he wants her desperately.
Tchaikovsky + ballet = true
The ballet is called Onegin, but really we follow Tatyana’s story: her development from a young girl to a full-grown woman—and it is she who owns the stage when the curtain falls. She is considered one of the strongest female characters in Russian literature. This ballet is danced all over the world, and the top dancers long to interpret Tatyana, Onegin, Olga and Lensky. Now the dancers of the Norwegian National Ballet get to take on the challenge.
John Cranko uses big emotions, and he uses Tchaikovsky. The music is not that of the composers in the opera Eugene Onegin, but is a medley from different works—to better be able to tell the story through dance. Onegin contains some of the best-known and most emotional duets in the history of ballet. When Tatyana and Onegin dance together for the last time, it is so much more than just a musical climax and the peak of the storyline. It’s dancing at its best.
- Free introduction one hour before the performance
- Choreographer John Cranko
- Music Peter Tsjajkovsij, arr. Kurt-Heinz Stolze
- Set- and Costume Designer Elisabeth Dalton
- Lighting Designer Steen Bjarke
- Director Andrea Quinn
- Artists Nasjonalballetten, Operaorkestret
Select date for Onegin
- Scene:Main House
- Price:100 - 695 NOK
- /2 intermissions