The National Ballet of Canada
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
March 19 & 22, 2014
by Denise Sum
Copyright © by Denise Sum 2014
John Cranko's "Onegin" is a ballet that never tires from repeated viewings. The dramatic story, evocative music, and memorable choreography coalesce into a cohesive whole that is timeless and genuine. No surprise then that "Onegin" has become an audience favourite in Toronto. The leading roles of Onegin, Tatiana, Olga and Lensky have been sought after and cherished by generations of dancers. "Onegin" stands out from other full-length narrative ballets in a number of ways. For the most part, the story is told through the steps themselves rather than mime. Each pas de deux and variation conveys a mood and advances the plot. Tatiana and Onegin are separated by her honour and his misjudgement, rather than death. It is painfully realistic at times. Pushkin's universal story is one that rings true for anyone who has loved and lost.