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Watch: Sarah Lamb on The Royal Ballet's Onegin

The Principal dancer talks about playing the role of Tatiana and why John Cranko’s choreography gives her chills.

By Rose Vickridge (Former Editor (Web Text))

14 January 2013 at 2.36pm | 3 Comments

Ahead of the return of John Cranko’s Onegin, we caught up with Royal Ballet Principal Sarah Lamb as she rehearses for her debut in the role of Tatiana – a part she aspired to dance since first seeing the ballet at the age of 13.

We asked Sarah about some of her favourite roles in ballet, what intrigues her about the character of Tatiana and what is special about John Cranko’s choreography.

For Sarah, one of the pivotal scenes in the ballet is when the young and idealistic Tatiana meets the dashing Onegin for the first time: ‘When she sees Onegin, she’s enthralled – he’s mysterious, he’s out of a novel for her. That’s really the first time she’s made herself known to someone else.’

One of her favourite moments is the famous ‘Mirror’ pas de deux, when Tatiana imagines dancing with her longed-for lover: ‘I think Cranko makes incredible pas de deux. It sings out – it’s wordless – it has an exhalation that gave me chills the first time I saw it. I just love it.’

Cranko’s Onegin is based on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin – one of the most famous works in the Russian language. Find out more about the verse-novel that inspired the ballet.

Sarah is renowned for her performances as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet; a number of works by Wayne McGregor, most recently Carbon Life and Infra; and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Onegin is on the Main Stage from 19 January to 8 February. Tickets are still available.

By Rose Vickridge (Former Editor (Web Text))

14 January 2013 at 2.36pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Dancer, John Cranko, Lensky, Onegin, pas de deux, Production, Pushkin, Sarah Lamb, Tatiana

This article has 3 comments

  1. Martine HAMON responded on 14 January 2013 at 4:51pm Reply

    Interview with Sarah Lamb Re: Onegin, can neither be seen nor heard. Do you have any tip to fix this!? Thank you very much in advance.

    Martine Hamon

  2. May responded on 2 February 2013 at 2:42am Reply

    I think Miss Lamb said "exultation", not "exhalation", but apart from that, great post! :-)

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