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Lera Auerbach‘s Ballet “Tatiana” Now in Russia

The Hamburg choreographer John Neumeier (together with the Moscow Stanislavsky Theatre) had commissioned Lera Auerbach to create ballet music for the famous subject of “Eugene Onegin” by Alexander Pushkin. The world premiere of this ballet with the title “Tatiana” took place on 29 June 2014 at the Hamburg State Opera during the course of the Hamburg Ballet Days. Now the Russian premiere is scheduled for 7 November 2014 at the Moscow Stanislavsky Theatre.

With Neumeier and Auerbach, however, Eugene Onegin is not at the centre of attention – he once refused the landowner’s daughter Tatiana and later bitterly regretted this step – but rather the female protagonist. Ever since the publication of Pushkin’s novel, Tatiana has been admired and venerated in Russia as a kind of Russian ideal. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who had a particular passion for Pushkin, once wrote about this woman: “Tatiana is a strong person; she stands her ground firmly and surely. She is deeper than Onegin and naturally clever than he is. She can feel, just from her fine senses, where the truth lies and of what it consists. Perhaps it would have been better if Pushkin had named his novel after her – ‘Tatiana Larina’ and not after him – ‘Yevgeny Onegin’. She is the heroine, not he. She is an affirmative type of person, not a negative one like he is; she is a type of veritable beauty.”

Further performances of “Tatiana” at the Moscow Stanislavsky Theatre take place on 8, 10, 14 and 15 November 2014 (each 7 PM).

7 November 2014
Stanislavsky Theatre, 7 PM
Russian premiere: Lera Auerbach
Ballet “Tatiana”
John Neumeier (idea, libretto and choreography)
Felix Korobov (musical direction)


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