Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia

EUGENE ONEGIN

Selected chapters from the novel in verse


by Alexander Pushkin

idea, script and staging Rimas Tuminas

set design Adomas Jacovskis
costumes Mariya Danilova 
music Faustas Latenas
choreographer Angelica Cholina
musical director Tatiana Agayeva 
lighting design Maya Shavdatuashvili
make up design Olga Kalyavina
work with actors Alexei Kuznetsov
stage speech training Susanna Serova
editor Elena Knyazeva
sound engineers Vadim Bulikov and Ruslan Knushevitsky
concertmaster Natalia Turiyanskaya
assistant trainee Gulnaz Balpeisova
assistant directors Natalia Menshikova and Natalia Kuzina

production Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia

cast

EUGENE ONEGIN
National Artist of the Russian Federation
Laureate of the State Prize of Russia
Sergey Makovetskiy
National Artist of the Russian Federation
Laureate of the State Prize of Russia
Aleksei Guskov
Eugeny Pilugin

RETIRED HUSSAR
National Artist of the Russian Federation
Vladimir Simonov

VLADIMIR LENSKY
Oleg Makarov
Vasily Simonov

TATYANA LARINA
Eugenia Kregzhde
 
"TATIANA’S DREAM"
National Artist of the Russian Federation
Laureate of the State Prize of Russia 
Irina Kupchenko

OLGA LARINA
Maria Volkova
 
WANDERER WITH DOMRA
Ekaterina Kramzina

NANNY, DANCING MASTER
National Artist of the Russian Federation,
Laureate of the State Prize of Russia
Lyudmila Maksakova

TUTOR OF THE DANCING CLASSES
Pavel Tekheda - Kardenas

GIRLS THE DANCING CLASS
Olga Borovskaya
Anastasia Vasilyeva
Natalia Vinokurova
Maria Volkova
Lilia Gaisina
Polina Kuzminskaya
Olga Nemogay
Maria Shastina
Ekaterina Simonova
Yana Sobolevskaya 

ANISYA, HOUSEKEEPER
Yana Sobolevskaya

LARINS COUPLE
Elena Melnikova
Honored Artist of the Russian Federation
Alexey Kuznetsov

NEIGHBOURS OF LARINS
Vladimir Beldiyan
Honored Artist of the Russian Federation
Yuriy Kraskov
Kirill Rubtsov
Valery Ushakov

ULAN
Kirill Rubtsov
"BUNNY"
Maria Rival
 
MOSCOW COUSIN
Honored Artist of the Russian Federation
Elena Sotnikova

COUSIN
Liubov Korneva

PRINCE
Honored Artist of the Russian Federation
Yury Shlykov



Rimas Tuminas does not aim at a full scenic adaptation of Pushkin’s novel in verse. For his main theme he chooses a story of Tatyana’s love for Onegin.
The performance unfolds in the memory and imagination of the characters. We are transferred from Onegin’s room into his country estate, then into the Larin’s house nearby, then to Moscow – and finally back to his room. The scale of events constantly changes: from noisy celebrations to secluded contemplation, from crowd scenes to lonely recollections, all of which are drawn together from the past just like the fragments of Tatyana’s love letter, framed and hung on the wall next to Onegin’s arm-chair.
The images in memory are split between past and present, between reality and imagination. Therefore, there are two Onegins on stage: the mature one recalling the events and the younger one participating in them. There are two Lenskys as well: the very young one as he was during the events, and an imaginary white-haired companion of Onegin, the one whom Lensky could have become if he had not been killed in a duel. There is another character, not written by Pushkin but as if transported from the times of Pushkin’s young years. He is a retired hussar, dashing but crippled by war, intelligent but down-and-out, a drunkard reasoning about everything. He is granted the author’s voice and the right to intervene in the action in order to deliver "…reason’s icy intimations, and records of a heart in pain".
"Eugene Onegin" was called "an encyclopedia of Russian life" in the XIX century: the scenes of everyday life, ideas, moods and habits of Russian people in the capital and provinces are seen through Pushkin’s main storylines. Rimas Tuminas’ production also reaches out beyond the main plot and leaves much room for reflection.

I wished to break the stereotypes. While working on the production of "Eugene Onegin" I was searching for a symphony of meanings, trying to approach the emotional and musical harmony of the novel. At the same time it was extremely important to avoid exaggerated sensibility.
"Eugene Onegin" is the Light and the Beauty. In general the Theatre is a territory of Peace and its Mission is to bring harmony in this world with love. It’s the meaning of Art to expand ethical values, virtue and to attempt to make the world brighter.

Rimas Tuminas


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