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Watch: Thiago Soares and Valeri Hristov on dancing the role of Onegin

The Royal Ballet dancers on John Cranko's masterpiece and the challenges of performing the demanding title role.

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

4 February 2015 at 4.05pm | 1 Comment

Onegin is everything a principal dancer wants to do,’ says Royal Ballet Principal Thiago Soares. ‘There are technical demands, and a dramatic journey with a narrative. You can really forget yourself and become that character.’

John Cranko’s Onegin, which had its world premiere with Stuttgart Ballet in 1965, is an emotionally-charged re-telling of Pushkin’s novel-in-verse. It explores the turbulent relationship of the dashing Eugene Onegin and the bookish Tatiana.

‘My favourite moment is in the last act when Tatiana admits she still loves Onegin but won’t allow him to destroy her. His rejection is the most emotional moment of the ballet,’ says Royal Ballet First Soloist Valeri Hristov. ‘I have previously performed as Lensky, which is very demanding, but the role of Onegin is much wider - more emotional and physical. It is the complete challenge in ballet.’

The Royal Ballet production opened on 24 January. Read audience reactions to the opening night.

Watch an interview with Royal Ballet Principal Natalia Osipova discussing the complexity of Tatiana’s character.

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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))

4 February 2015 at 4.05pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballet, by John Cranko, Dance, Eugene Onegin, Film, interview, Onegin, Production, Pushkin, The Royal Ballet, Thiago Soares, Valeri Hristov

This article has 1 comment

  1. Dana responded on 10 February 2015 at 9:39pm Reply

    Thiago is so adorable! You can really feel how much he loves and understands Onegin, the character and the ballet, in this video.

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