Estonian National Ballet’s new principal dancer Kealan McLaughlin will perform in „Onegin“ for the first time

19.09.2017 / Lisanna Männilaan


On the 21st of September the new principal dancer Kealan McLaughlin will perform the main role in John Cranko’s ballet „Onegin“ for the first time. In the role of Tatjana is Alena Shkatula.

Kealan McLaughlin graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School in 2007 and received his Graduate Degree in 2009. He has also participated as a guest in the contemporary dance company The Chimera Project (2012), Opera Atelier (2008–14) and Jeunesse Classiquel Ballet Society (2011–14), Alberta Ballet (2009–11) and Ballet Jörgen (2011–2017). Since 2017 he is the principal dancer with the Estonian National Ballet.

The ballet tells a story of an arrogant and world weary aristocrat Onegin who rejects the love of the young and naive Tatiana only to realize – upon meeting her again ten years later – that in her he threw away the only woman who would ever have truly loved him. Tatiana, by now married to another, does battle with her emotions and in turn rejects Onegin’s declaration of love in one of the most heart wrenching scenes in all of ballet.

„Onegin“ premiered at the Estonian National Opera on 19th of March in 2015. The ballet is staged by Jane Bourne from England, the designer is Thomas Mika from Germany and the lighting designer is Steen Bjarke from Denmark. The conductor is Jüri Alperten.

Photograph by Rünno Lahesoo

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