When SF Ballet premiered Onegin in 2012, the SF Chronicle proclaimed, “Now, that is a ballet…” and went on to note, “Cranko’s masterpiece still has the power to transport and astonish the audience.” Based on Pushkin’s classic novel of unrequited love, Onegin is both thrillingly theatrical and astonishingly human. Though cynical, citified Onegin is the title character, it is the naïve Tatiana who steals our hearts, blossoming into a woman of intelligence, strength, and depth. Cranko’s gorgeous choreography and masterful storytelling, along with sets and costumes by Tony® Award-winner Santo Loquasto and lighting by James F. Ingalls, bring us all the color and drama of Imperial Russia in a story that feels remarkably fresh even today.
Image Credit (Top) - Yuan Yuan Tan and Vitor Luiz in Cranko's Onegin.
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