February 25-March 6, 2016
Your name is written across my heart.
Based on Alexander Pushkin's narrative poem, John Cranko's emotional ballet is a story of unrequited love. Eugene Onegin, a young and cynical aristocrat, travels to the country to attend a birthday party for Tatiana - the younger sister to his best friend Lensky's fiancé Olga. Tatiana naïvely falls in love with the brooding Onegin and writes him a passionate letter. Onegin rejects her love, tears up her letter, and amuses himself by flirting with Olga. Lensky, enraged by his friend's flirting, challenges Onegin to a duel. Despite pleas from both women, Lensky persists and in a cruel twist of fate, Onegin unintentionally kills his friend. Overcome with remorse, Onegin flees into exile.
The years pass, Tatiana matures into a beautiful woman and marries Prince Gremin. Onegin returns from his self-imposed banishment for a ball at the Prince's lavish palace. He meets Tatiana again and realizes the depth of his mistake in rejecting her all those years ago. In an attempt at redemption, it is now his turn to write a passionate plea to her, begging for her love and forgiveness. Though Tatiana still has feelings for Onegin, she vows to be faithful to her husband and sends Onegin away.
Cranko's choreography and the music of Tchaikovsky skillfully capture the poetry of Pushkin's work. Together, music and choreography weave dancers through the country estates and glamorous ballrooms of 1820's Imperial Russia and keep "audiences going back again to witness the passionate turmoil of one of the most touching story ballets..." [Dance Magazine]
Three-Act Ballet by John Cranko
Based on the novel by Alexander Pushkin
Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky
Arrangement and Orchestration: K.H. Stolze
Staging: Agneta Stjernlöf-Valcu and Victor Valcu
Supervision: Reid Anderson
Sets and Costumes: Elisabeth Dalton
Lighting Design: Steen Bjarke
Copyright: Dieter Graefe
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