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Dancer Biographies

The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

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About the Ballet

John Cranko’s brilliant dance drama Onegin is beloved for its rich characterization, musicality and passionate vocabulary, based on Alexander Pushkin’s 19th-century verse novel Eugene Onegin. Eugene Onegin, an urban aristocrat, visits the countryside out of boredom and attracts a young woman, Tatiana. When Tatiana expresses her love for Onegin in a letter, he rips it up and amuses himself by flirting with her sister Olga, fiancée to his friend Lensky – an act of casual cruelty that ends in tragedy. Many years later Onegin and Tatiana meet again and he realizes that he has loved her all along. But Tatiana rejects him, knowing their time has passed.

Hope Muir's Reflections on Onegin
Artistic Director Hope Muir reflects on the connection Onegin has with The National Ballet of Canada and its importance in the dance world.

The Glorious Music of Onegin
Discover the background behind the music that accompanies Onegin, selected from Tchaikovsky's beautiful pieces for ballet, in this interview with David Briskin, Music Director and Principal Conductor.

Tatiana’s Letter From Pushkin’s Novel
Read Tatiana’s dramatic declaration of love for Onegin word for word from Alexander Pushkin’s 19th-century verse novel.



Onegin Trailer

The Emotional Arc of Onegin

Onegin in a Nutshell

The Company

Dancer Biographies
The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra

Hope Muir
Barry Hughson
David Briskin

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