Russian classics and modern rhythms in one production. Astana Opera House visitors witnessed a ballet production ‘Eugene Onegin’ by Boris Eifman staged with a stratospheric success. His ‘Eugene Onegin’ is not quite a classic story. Troupe of St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre led by Boris Eifman depicted the story’s heroes through characters of modern time. The author relocated Pushkin's characters to the criminal 1990’s, when the old world was collapsing and new life dictated new rules.

 

BORIS EIFMAN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ST. PETERSBURG STATE ACADEMIC BALLET THEATRE:

We have shown this performance in many countries around the world. And it was a huge success everywhere, because the production touches eternal themes familiar to every human. We brought the best troupe of our leading ballet stars.

 

Eifman’s ‘Onegin’ is totally unique, including its music. The new music is an interlacing of classical and modern arrangements. Astana’s audience welcomed the original staging, special effects and colorful costumes. The leading parts were performed by honored artists, winners of international competitions. Laureate of ‘Golden Sofit’ prize, widely acclaimed Oleg Gabyshev played Eugene Onegin’s part.

 

OLEG GABYSHEV, BALLET SOLOIST, PERFORMER OF ONEGIN’S PART:

This is a very interesting character that can be discovered deeper and wider. One can analyze both Pushkin’s novel and our production and constantly find something new, some new features or new situations. My personal inner experience also enriches my role every year.

 

According to the author of the production, Pushkin created a wonderfully detailed character of his time, a poetic example of the Russian soul in a classical sense. In the ballet production, Eifman is looking for answers to questions like – what is a soul today? How would heroes of the novel have dealt with their destiny in the current realities?

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