November 23—27, 2016


November 23—27, 2016

About the Ballet

In his 1965 three-act ballet Onegin, based on the 19th century novel Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, the illustrious South African choreographer John Cranko created one of the most affecting and powerful of all modern narrative ballets. Emotionally complex and powered by a rare level of psychological realism and nuance, Onegin satisfies by being grounded in the naturalism, historical context and detail of its original source while soaring with some of the most evocative and universally expressive choreography found in any ballet.

Set to music by Tchaikovsky, Onegin tells the story of the bored Russian aristocrat Eugene Onegin, who meets, seduces and then casually abandons the trusting and innocent Tatiana. Years later, Onegin encounters a much changed, more worldly and selfpossessed Tatiana and, finding himself genuinely in love with her, is himself rejected. With beautifully modulated character development, exquisite choreography and glorious sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto, Onegin is classic balletic storytelling par excellence.

“It's impossible not to get swept up in this foreboding autumn world… All things combined, this Onegin is pure magic”
National Post

Onegin View Gallery


“A glorious, heartstring-touching sobfest of a ballet – complete with fatal duel – and the National’s dancers play it for all it’s worth.”
— Toronto Star

“A triumphant revival of John Cranko's dance melodrama... (Designer) Loquasto creates a sense of almost surreal other-worldiness”
— Dance International

Running Time

  • Act I 38m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 27m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act III 26m
  • Total (approx) 2h 15m


Eugene Onegin
McGee Maddox (November 23 at 7:30 pm/November 26 at 2:00 pm)
Guillaume Côté (November 24, 26 at 7:30 pm)
Piotr Stanczyk* (November 25 at 7:30 pm)
Evan McKie (November 27 at 2:00 pm)

Xiao Nan Yu (November 23 at 7:30 pm/November 26 at 2:00 pm)
Greta Hodgkinson (November 24, 26 at 7:30 pm)

Sonia Rodriguez (November 25 at 7:30 pm)
Svetlana Lunkina
* (November 27 at 2:00 pm)

Jurgita Dronina (November 23 at 7:30 pm/November 26 at 2:00 pm)
Jillian Vanstone (November 24, 26 at 7:30 pm)
Miyoko Koyasu
* (November 25 at 7:30 pm)
Elena Lobsanova (November 27 at 2:00 pm)

Harrison James(November 23 at 7:30 pm/November 26 at 2:00 pm)
Naoya Ebe (November 24, 26 at 7:30 pm)
Francesco Gabriele Frola
(November 25 at 7:30 pm/November 27 at 2:00 pm)

Prince Gremin
Ben Rudisin
(November 23 at 7:30 pm/November 26 at 2:00 pm)
Etienne Lavigne (November 24, 26 at 7:30 pm)
Jonathan Renna (November 25 at 7:30 pm)
Nan Wang* (November 27 at 2:00 pm)

Madame Larina
Stephanie Hutchison (November 23 at 7:30 pm/November 26, 27 at 2:00 pm)
Lise-Marie Jourdain (November 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm)

Lorna Geddes (November 23 at 7:30 pm/November 26, 27 at 2:00 pm)
Rebekah Rimsay (November 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm)

* Debut
†  Company Debut

All casting subject to change.

Running Time

  • Act I 38m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 27m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act III 26m
  • Total (approx) 2h 15m


Three Act Ballet by:
John Cranko
Based on the Novel by Alexander Pushkin

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Arrangement and Orchestrated by:
Kurt-Heinz Stolze

Staged by:
Reid Anderson

Set and Costume Design:
Santo Loquasto

Lighting Design:
James F. Ingalis

Dieter Graefe

Onegin is generously supported by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.

Ballet Talks

The National Ballet invites you to attend the Onegin Ballet Talk 45 minutes before every show in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Enhance your experience and learn more about our productions from Lindsay Fischer, Artistic Director, YOU dance/Principal Ballet Master.

Virtual Museum

Get more insight into Onegin through our Virtual Museum featuring set and costume sketches, footwear, artifacts and more from the National Ballet Archives.

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