The performance is based on the verse novel YEVGENY ONEGIN by Alexander Pushkin.

For those who have not read Pushkin’s Yevgeny Onegin, this story might seem like an exalted unhappy love story – an opinion made mainly by the famous Tchaikovsky opera. For the writer’s contemporaries, however, this book became a detailed testimony of the era, describing the Russian society in the first half of the 19th century.

The performance focuses not only on Pushkin’s story itself but also on the historical context that explains the novel. The texts written by Pushkin stand along with the commentaries of different authors but mainly those by the legendary semiotic Yuri Lotman. Lotman considered that reading a historical text requires the complete knowledge of the everyday residential rituals’ archeology that, for the contemporary reader, remains hidden behind the writer’s words.

The Pushkin verse is recited in Russian.

Actors: Iveta Pole, Sandra Kļaviņa, Vilis Daudziņš, Kaspars Znotiņš, Ivars Krasts, Juris Baratinskis or Andris Keišs

Director – Alvis Hermanis
Stage designer – Andris Freibergs

Venue: the Big Stage
Duration: 2 h 30 min
Prices: 5,00; 7,00; 8,00; 10,00; 15,00; 17,00 EUR

Premiere on April 5, 2012

Photographer - Gints Mālderis
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