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Ballet by John Cranko
Ballet of three acts | Choreography by John Cranko after the novel "Eugen Onegin" by Alexander S. Pushkin | Music by Peter I. Tchaikovsky (arranged by Kurt-Heinz Stolze)
ONEGIN is an emotionally charged tale of love and rejection. The young and provincial Tatiana is captivated by the sophisticated, brooding stranger Onegin. She writes him a letter confessing her love, but Onegin rejects her and to prove his indifference, flirts with her sister Olga. Lensky, Olga’s fiancé and Onegin’s best friend is offended by this so that he challenges Onegin to a duel, where Onegin kills him. Several years later Onegin and Tatiana meet again...
The famous choreographer John Cranko created this touching ballet, in which several steamy virtuoso duets show the emotional development of the protagonists. Pushkin’s verse novel, used by Tchaikovsky for his opera EUGENE ONEGIN in 1879, is also the source for John Cranko’s ballet, although not a single note of the dance score is taken from the opera, but from other Tchaikovsky musical scores.
45 minutes before each performance (except premieres), there is an introduction in the opera house (in German).
It is prepared and moderated by students of the institute of dance studies (Institut für Tanzwissenschaft) of Freie Universität Berlin.