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Lasts app. 205’ with an intermission.
Russian with Turkish & English surtitle.


Collaboration with Golden Mask Russian Performing Arts Festival and Istanbul Theatre Festival
“Golden Mask in Istanbul” programme

  • Novel by: Alexander Pushkin
  • Concept, Composition and Staging: Rimas Tuminas
  • Stage Design: Adomas Jacovskis
  • Costume Design: Maria Danilova
  • Music: Faustas Latenas
  • Choreography: Angelica Cholina
  • Lighting Design: Maya Shavdatuashvili
  • Music Director: Tatiana Agayeva
  • Performers: Sergeiy Makovetsky, Aleksei Guskov, Victor Dobronravov (Eugene Onegin), Artur Ivanov (Retired Hussar), Oleg Makarov, Vasily Simonov (Vladimir Lensky), Eugenia Kregzhde (Tatyana Larina), Irina Kupchenko (“Tatyana's Dream”), Maria Volkova, Natalia Vinokurova (Olga Larina), Katerina Kramzina (Wanderer with domra), Lyudmila Maksakova (Nanny, dancing master), Pavel Tekheda – Kardenas (Tutor of the dancing classes), Olga Borovskaya, Adelina Gizatullina, Maria Shastina, Ekaterina Simonova, Irina Smirnova, Yana Sobolevskaya, Alexandra Streltsina, Natalia Vinokurova, Maria Volkova (Girls the dancing class), Olga Borovskaya, Yana Sobolevskaya (Anisya, housekeeper), Elena Melnikova, Alexey Kuznetsov (Larin spouses), Sergey Bataev, Yuriy Kraskov, Kirill Rubtsov, Valery Ushakov (Neighbours of Larin family), Kirill Rubtsov (Ulan), Maria Rival (“Bunny”), Elena Sotnikova (Moscow cousin), Liubov Korneva (Cousin), Yury Shlykov (Prince)


The breath-taking passion of an exiled writer: Eugene Onegin. Pioneer of the freedom-loving Romantic generation of the 1800s and founder of modern Russian literature, Alexander Pushkin was called “the beginning of all beginnings” by Maxim Gorky... According to a rumour, Pushkin’s mother was the grandchild of an Abyssinian prince who was sold at the slave market in Istanbul. Perhaps the story of Eugene Onegin begins right at this point. Pushkin was raised by a mother who was grateful to Russian culture, and a nanny who conveyed this culture to him through folk tales... And he brought together what he heard from them in Eugene Onegin. Eugene enamoured with his disillusions, Lensky in pursuit of his dreams and the endearing Tatiana who embodies all the qualities of Russian women come together in this work that took the writer seven years to complete... Pushkin’s revolutionising narrative has been transformed with the performances of the famed Vakhtangov Theatre’s actors, and by Rimas Tuminas bestowing the characters of the novel with memory and imagination. Tuminas’ passionate rendition of Eugene Onegin reflects the powerful reality and imagination of Pushkin through magnificent choreography.