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The National Ballet of Canada

January 19, 2017

Onegin

COMING to NAC Southam Hall, Ottawa

(January 19-21, 8 p.m.)

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Photograph by Karolina Kuras

Onegin is a classic romantic ballet – a story of unrequited love based on the great 1833 epic verse “Eugene Onegin” by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. It first came on the dance scene in 1965, when the Stuttgart Ballet performed the first version, created by one of the 20th century’s legendary narrative choreographers, the former South African John Cranko.

Reid Anderson reproduced and staged the ballet for The National Ballet of Canada in 1984. A half-million-dollar production, the three-act ballet featured handsome sets by German production designer Jürgen Rose, but it was reproduced in 2010 with a more opulent and romantic set by American designer Santo Loquasto, and is now considered the jewel in the National’s crown.

Onegin is one of ballet’s most important full-length dance dramas. Still in the Stuttgart Ballet’s repertoire and performed by companies all over the world, this admirable production takes its audience into 19th-century Russian society, complete with a brooding and haughty Byronic aristocrat, a susceptible and vulnerable country girl, and lots of tear-worthy melodrama and passion, including a duel to the death and tender pas de deux.

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