John Cranko’s ballet based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel

Národní divadlo

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    Thursday 20. 2.

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    1. premiere

    Basic information


    Národní divadlo

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 10 minutes, 2 intermission 20 minutes


    February 20, 2020

    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, and others.

    The Czech National Ballet has linked up to the tradition of staging full-length ballets by the globally celebrated choreographer John Cranko.


    John Cranko
    Music based on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Kurt-Heinz Stolze
    Sets and Costumes
    Elisabeth Dalton
    Lighting Design and Visual supervisor
    Steen Bjarke
    Costume supervision
    Diana Eckmann
    Artistic supervision
    Reid Anderson
    Musical preparation
    Václav Zahradník


    Onegin is one of John Cranko’s 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 spurns 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 feted ballet requires from the dancers expressive acting, brilliant technique and a profound sense for the rendition of the characters’ emotions.

    In addition to wonderful pas de deux of Onegin and Tatyana, the performance features compelling corps scenes.

    Soloists and corps de ballet of The Czech National Ballet
    National Theatre Orchestra

    Photo of the visual image: Younsik Kim

    Practical information

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