Onegin; Bow St, Covent Garden, London WC2E; 7th--29th 29th Feb; £ various
John Cranko became acquainted with Alexander Pushkin’s verse-novel Eugene Onegin when he choreographed the dances for Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s opera of the same name in 1952. He created his own distinctive version of Pushkin’s work in 1965 for the Stuttgart Ballet.
Onegin displays all of Cranko’s genius as a narrative choreographer, featuring finely drawn characters who are transformed by the conflicts they face. Onegin and Tatiana’s relationship is depicted in intense duets, such as the letter-writing scene when the youthful Tatiana dances a dream pas de deux with her longed-for lover.
The role of Tatiana offers a ballerina many challenges – the development of a bookish country girl into a sophisticated woman at the pinnacle of St Petersburg society requires dramatic sensibility and technical finesse.
Kurt-Heinz Stolze, Kapellmeister for Stuttgart Ballet, created for Cranko a soaring arrangement of music by Tchaikovsky, not from the opera but drawing principally on his works for piano.
Duration: approx. 2½ hours (including interval)
More info and tickets: www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/onegin-by-john-cranko-details
Swan Lake; Bow St, Covent Garden, London WC2E; 5th Mar--16th May
Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival.
While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet.
The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece refreshed for a new generation.
Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside.
An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.