Ballet by P. I. Tchaikovsky
The National Theatre in Prague |
Opera and Ballet
130 minutes |
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The Czech National Ballet has linked up to the tradition of staging full-length ballets by the acclaimed choreographer John Cranko. Onegin is one of his top-notch creations.
Based on A. S. Pushkin’s well-known novel in verse, the ballet follows the story of a world-weary Russian aristocrat, who turns away the love of the young, earnest Tatyana, giving preference instead to flirting with her sister.
A few years later, Onegin changes his mind and becomes obsessed with winning Tatyana’s affection, yet it is too late... Cranko’s ballet requires from the dancers expressive acting, brilliant technique and a profound sense for the portrayal of the characters’ emotions.
In addition to wonderful pas de deux of Onegin and Tatyana, the performance features compelling corps scenes. Cranko’s creation has been performed by a number of internationally renowned companies, including the Royal Ballet in London, Paris Opera, Dutch National Ballet, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Boston Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, American Ballet Theatre in New York, etc.
National Theatre Orchestra
The Czech National Ballet
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The Prague National Theatre was built from the desire of the Czech people for national independence. Its building was financed from the collections on which participated broad masses of people as well as important donators (including the nobility and the emperor himself). The theatre foundation ceremonial on 16th May 1868 became a national celebration.
The theatre was opened in 1881. In the same year the theatre burned down, and this tragic event caused a huge wave of new collections to support the restoration of the theatre. The Prague National Theatre was re-opened in 1883 by the opera Libuše by Bedřich Smetana and since then it has been serving as a place of Czech national identity and as a flagship of the Czech culture to these days.
Simplement magnifique ! Danseurs, orchestre de grande qualité. Costumes magnifiques. Très beau ballet
Une sublime et éblouissante interprétation dans un décor tout aussi majestueux ! Et que dire de l'orchestre et de leur chef ! Nous avons passé une soirée hors du temps !