Tonight at the Met Opera House, American Ballet Theatre’s spellbinding Hee Seo—who graces the cover of our May issue—will reprise her role as Tatiana, the passion-wrenched heroine of Cranko’s Onegin. As Evan McKie wrote in “Turning into Tatiana” (Aug.), “It is not easy to strike the right balance of dancing and acting abilities or to have the emotional maturity to make Tatiana’s inner conflicts come alive.” The honesty of Seo’s character arc (to the Onegin of David Hallberg, who is brilliantly unafraid of being, at times, utterly unlikeable) coupled with her exquisite lines and plush movement quality, is unforgettable. At our photo shoot, she told us how much she cherishes the ballet—and its gorgeous costumes. See behind-the-scenes footage of her in action here, along with the following photo outtakes.
Drama queen: Seo in costume as Tatiana in Cranko’s
Onegin. Photos by Nathan Sayers.