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.’
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