I accepted to be a "plus one" for a friend visiting from Melbourne..
Unbeknownst that we are going to the opening night for some ballet!
Silver lining for the internet - I will be wearing a suit tomorrow night.. & maybe a tie.. & maybe shoes.. & maybe a pocket square.. MAYBE..
Anyone know about Pushkin’s ONEGIN?
Desire v Duty
John Cranko was a master of the story ballet, and his adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s revered verse novel is considered his crowning achievement. Onegin, a bored aristocrat from St Petersburg, visits the provinces and enchants the naive Tatiana. She sends him an impassioned letter, but he rejects her, dallies with his own best friend’s girlfriend, and kills him in the ensuing duel. Years later the troubled Onegin again encounters Tatiana, now married to a prince, and is bewitched by her. Will she be able to resist?
With soaring music by Tchaikovsky, sumptuous costumes by Jürgen Rose (including Tatiana’s much-coveted red ball dress), and two famous pas de deux, this ballet classic will linger with you long after the curtain falls.
Both Pushkin and Cranko had rich artistic careers cut short by untimely death – Pushkin’s after a duel, Cranko’s in a plane. Onegin is their legacy.