Onegin

oneginBALLET IN THREE AKTEN OF JOHN CRANKO BY THR ROMAN IN POEMS „EUGEN ONEGIN" OF ALEXANDER PUSHKIN

8.April 2006, Wiener Staatsoper – first night performance

Choreographer and producer: John Cranko

Composer: Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowski, re-arranged Kurt-Heinz Stolze

Scenery and costume designs: Elisabeth Dalton

 

 

Dance 20. September 2010:

Onegin – Eno Peci, Tatjana – Irina Tsymbal

Lenski – Denis Cherevychko, Olga – Natalie Kusch

Fürst Gremin – Gregor Hatala

 

SYNOPSIS

ACT 1
Scene 1: In Madame Larina's garden
Tatiana and Olga are dancing with their friends. They are playing an old game: anyone who looks in the mirror will see their lover. For the light-hearted Olga, her superstition holds true. She sees her fiancé, the poet Lenski. When her sister, shy Tatiana, looks in the mirror, she sees Onegin, who – visiting from St. Petersburg – has accompanied his friend Lenski to the widow Larina's home. Tatiana falls in love with him instantly. Onegin, however, is a bored city-dweller and future heir to large manor, and he makes no attempt to hide his disdain from the assembled company. Even Tatiana is unable to dispel his arrogance.

Scene 2: Tatiana's bedroom
Tatiana writes a letter to Onegin, declaring her passionate love for this man, though he is a virtual stranger to her. When she falls asleep over her letter, in dream she looks in her mirror: Onegin appears and reciprocates her love.

ACT 2
Scene 1: In Madame Larina's house
It is Tatiana's birthday, and Lenski and Onegin have been invited to join in the celebrations. Tatiana waits impatiently to know of Onegin's answer to her letter. Irritated by her naïve candour, Onegin tears up the letter before her eyes and flirts so scandalously with her sister, Olga, that the jealous and unsuspecting Lenski challenges him to a duel. Even Prince Gremin, a highly respected friend of the family, cannot put a stop to the drama.

Scene 2: A deserted park
Tatiana and Olga implore Lenski to abandon the duel. Onegin too is willing to be reconciled and seems to realize that he was at fault. However, the romantic poet is too deeply wounded. Before Tatiana's and Olga's eyes, Onegin murders his erstwhile friend.

ACT 3
Scene 1: Prince Gremin's ballroom
Ten years have passed. Tatiana is now married to Prince Gremin. One of the guests at a ball given by the prince is Onegin, now disillusioned with life. When he unexpectedly sees Tatiana, he realizes that in spurning her, he rejected the only true love of his life. He searches for some sign of her former feeling for him. But the roles are now switched: Princess Gremin turns away from him, apparently unaffected.

Scene 2: Tatiana's boudoir
Onegin has written Tatiana a letter. She does her utmost to avoid an encounter with him, but her pleas to her unruffled husband not to leave her alone that evening fall on deaf ears. Onegin enters and confesses his love for her. Struggling with her emotions, Tatiana declared that Onegin has come to this realization too late: before his eyes, she tears up his letter. Distraught, Onegin stumbles from the room, leaving Tatiana broken-hearted behind.

By the program of the ballet "Onegin" of the Wiener Staatsballett, 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

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