A young woman's infatuation meets an aristocrat's insensitivity in this retelling of one of literature's most passionate and poignant love stories. In Eifman's telling, Eugene Onegin is a dashing rogue who toys with the affection of Tatiana, a shy and impressionable country girl. Though Tatiana falls hopelessly under his spell, Onegin mercilessly rejects her, only to recognize his true feelings many years later. As the tale continues, the jaded aristocrat comes to regret his spurning of the lovelorn girl. Onegin's dramatic declaration of devotion to Tatiana - now married and a member of St. Petersburg's glittering social scene - ultimately culminates in remorse, heartbreak and love unfulfilled. In the ballet, Eifman explores the turn of events with psychological acuity and emotional drama.
Sumptuous costumes, magical staging and atmospheric lighting generate a theatrical spectacle in which the dancers in the corps de ballet ebb and swirl with dramatic intensity, while the soloists embody their characters with artistic integrity and emotional truth.