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Watch: Matthew Ball and Vadim Muntagirov on dancing the role of Lensky

The Royal Ballet dancers discuss the contrasting character of Lensky and the technicality of the role in John Cranko's Onegin.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

5 February 2015 at 10.43am | Comment on this article

‘Pushkin wrote so many great things, and to combine this amazing story and put it on stage to ballet is something very special’, says Royal Ballet Principal Vadim Muntagirov of John Cranko’s Onegin.

The ballet, a captivating interpretation of Pushkin’s verse-novel set to music by Tchaikovsky, opened with The Royal Ballet on 24 January. Vadim, who joined the Company in 2014, is currently performing the role of Lensky.

‘As Lensky, you really need to show love and the story. You have to be a real artist and not just a ballet dancer. You have loving moments and dramatic moments, and I really like the contrast’.

Royal Ballet Artist Matthew Ball, who joined the Company in the 2013/14 Season, is also performing as Lensky, his first Principal role with The Royal Ballet.

‘Lensky is quite provincial’, he says. ‘He hasn’t seen the big city or the real world, and is completely in love with Olga, who he believes is everything to his life. His character completely juxtaposes that of Onegin, who is older and disenchanted with life’.

Over the past few weeks, we have filmed with a selection of Royal Ballet dancers to find out more about the characters of Onegin and Tatiana. View our Onegin playlist:

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The production is given with generous philanthropic support from Simon and Virginia Robertson, David Hancock, Lady Jarvis, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, Sir Roger and Lady Carr, The Artists' Circle and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

5 February 2015 at 10.43am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by John Cranko, Lensky, Matthew Ball, Onegin, Production, Pushkin, The Royal Ballet, Vadim Muntagirov

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