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DVD + Blu-Ray:
John Cranko's Onegin

John Cranko’s mastery of the art of the pas de deux finds its climax in Onegin, one of the most successful full length ballets of the 20th century.

  • John Cranko's Onegin | Copyright: © C Major Entertainment

    John Cranko's Onegin © C Major Entertainment

  • John Cranko's Onegin | Copyright: © The Stuttgart Ballet/Hannes Kilian

    John Cranko's Onegin © The Stuttgart Ballet/Hannes Kilian

  • John Cranko's Onegin | Copyright: © The Stuttgart Ballet/Hannes Kilian

    John Cranko's Onegin © The Stuttgart Ballet/Hannes Kilian

Set to sweeping music by Tchaikovsky, it tells Alexander Pushkin’s tragic love story of the world-weary aristocrat Onegin and the naïve country girl Tatiana in a superbly nuanced way. Featuring world stars Friedemann Vogel and Alicia Amatriain, this production is a must for all lovers of dramatic – and romantic – ballets.

With Onegin, John Cranko secured his place in the pantheon of great 20th century choreographers. He created the three act work for the Stuttgart Ballet – of which he was Director – in 1965 and revised the ballet two years later. Over the last 50 years, the ballet has entered the repertoire of almost every leading ballet company in the world, including the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Ballet in London, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala and the American Ballet Theatre. Friedemann Vogel and Alicia Amatriain – the leading couple of the Stuttgart Ballet who have been showered with international prizes and accolades – demonstrate here why they are deemed the elite of the dance world.

But it is legendary prima ballerina Marcia Haydee (80 years) who creates the night’s special magic: Once Cranko chose her to be the very first Tatiana in 1965, now she guest stars as nurse; the close bonds between Haydee and the ensemble are palpable throughout and it is a truly touching moment when the original Tatiana meets the current one.

“Onegin is the perfect Ballet” (Marcia Haydée);
“Onegin is so good, that it can easily hold its own against any Broadway show!” (Newsday)

BONUS Jürgen Rose, Marcia Haydée and Reid Anderson in conversation on Onegin.

Original title John Cranko's Onegin
Genre Ballet
Recording location Opera House of the State Theatre Stuttgart, 3rd & 5th November 2017
Duration 198 mins (Ballet 96 mins + Bonus 102 mins)
Production Company A production of Unitel in co-production with SWR/Arte, NHK and the Stuttgart Ballet.
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky arranged and orchestrated by Kurt-Heinz Stolze
Orchestra / Band State Theatre Stuttgart Orchestra
Conductor James Tuggle
Choreography by John Cranko
Dance Company Stuttgart Ballet
Costumes Jürgen Rose
Soloist Alicia Amatriain, Friedemann Vogel, Elisa Badenes, David Moore, Jason Reilly, Marcia Haydée, Melinda Witham,

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