Onegin performed by Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris for the first time in Japan


Ballet in three acts by John Cranko after Alexander Puschkin
Music Piotr Ilyitch Tchaïkovski
Arrangements and Orchestration Kurt-Heinz Stolze
Sets and Costumes Jürgen Rose
Photo: Svetlana Loboff / OnP

Based on Alexander Puschkin's verse novel, Onegin is one of the greatest narrative ballets by John Cranko created for The Stuttgart Ballet. It is a masterwork that most of the world's leading ballet companies have in their repertoires. For dancers, its principal roles are some of the most coveted in the classical repertoire.

The ballet, set in Russia in 1820's, draws an impossible love between Tatiana, a village girl who later becomes an elegant and beautiful woman, and Onegin, an aristocratic, melancholic man. Among eloquent scenes that flow seamlessly, are two highlights; the last pas de deux in Act 1 that portrays Tatiana's dream of Onegin and the final pas de deux to depict the tragic conclusion of the love story.

It will be the first time for the ballet to be performed in Japan by an overseas company other than The Stuttgart Ballet.

photos:Julien Benhamou / OnP