Pretty sure you recognize the type: someone so haughty, spoiled and bored within his lavish lifestyle that his only real amusement is to break hearts and ruin everyone else’s lives simply to bring a jolly smile to his smug face. Now imagine that this same shithead was the star of a ballet—even had Tchaikovsky sprinkle some tunes over his toe-twirling escapades of lust, passion, betrayal and “I challenge you to a duel” moments. Meet Eugene Onegin, the main character of Alexander Pushkin’s novel in verse of the same name. It’s a tragic tale of brokenhearted girls, jealous best friends, white-glove slaps, gun battles and unrequited love like nobody’s business. But whether it’s the 1800s or 2009, the idea of that arrogant, heartless asshole of a backstabbing friend is a timeless one, and the Eifman Ballet proves it with its take on this Russian classic.
Wed., May 20, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., May 22, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 23, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 24, 2 p.m., 2009


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