The Sedona International Film Festival continues its Stage Russia series on Sunday, July 23, with “Eugene Onegin.” There will be one show at 3 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
“Eugene Onegin” has often been referred to as an encyclopedia of 19th century Russian life. Rimas Tuminas’ reimagining unfolds in the memory and imagination of Pushkin’s characters. The images are split between past and present, between reality and imagination.
There are two Onegins on stage: The mature one recalling the events of a quarter century earlier, and the second, younger one who takes part in them. There are two Lenskys on stage, as well: The young Lensky as he was during the events which led to his death in a duel, and the second an imaginary white-haired companion of Onegin, the one whom Lensky could have become had he not been killed.
The scale of the production constantly shifts 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, looming next to and above Onegin’s armchair.
A production referred to as “exuberant, indelible and arrestingly beautiful” by The New York Times. The Vakhtangov Theatre’s “Eugene Onegin,” starring the incomparable Sergey Makovetskiy in the title role, is a sumptuous work that will leave you with enough beautiful memories and images to last a lifetime.
“An anguished, exuberant play ... indelible wordless moments ... arrestingly beautiful.” — The New York Times
This presentation is in Russian with English subtitles.
Stage Russia’s “Eugene Onegin” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Sunday, July 23, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, by calling 282-1177 or online at SedonaFilmFestival.org. Both the theater and film festival office are located at 2030 W. State Route 89A in West Sedona.