120 MINS IN ALL / 1 INTERVAL

“There are as many kinds of love as there are hearts …”

Leo Tolstoy’s immortal novel becomes an epic ballet. Cinematic staging, Hollywood-worthy costumes and Yuri Possokhov’s mesmerising choreography illuminate the tragedy of Anna Karenina, whose desire brings about her ruin.

In the high society of Imperial Russia, a woman must not follow her heart. When Anna meets Vronsky, a handsome young officer, the instant connection between them flames into an affair – with disastrous consequences. Her husband, her relations and her social circle judge Anna ruthlessly, and when Vronsky’s passion cools she takes desperate action.

Yuri Possokhov, formerly a principal dancer with Bolshoi Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, has choreographed works on major companies around the world. His Anna Karenina, faithful to Tolstoy’s novel, features Finn Ross’ projections (including real-time film of the dancers taken during the performance) and Tom Pye’s set and costume designs, which conjure the opulence of the era with modern style. The specially commissioned orchestral score by Ilya Demutsky gestures towards the rich grandeur of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, and includes a mezzo soprano singing live on stage.

The agonies and ecstasies of Anna’s turbulent life are powerfully evoked in the centrepiece of our 2020 season.

A masterful homage to an epic novel

Chicago Sun Times

Artists of the Joffrey Ballet. Photography Cheryl Mann

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Choreography Yuri Possokhov
Composer Ilya Demutsky
Libretto Valeriy Pecheykin based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy
Costume and set design Tom Pye
Lighting design David Finn
Projection design Finn Ross

With Orchestra Victoria, Opera Australia Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Anna Karenina is a co-production of Joffrey Ballet and The Australian Ballet.

The Australian Ballet's seasons of Anna Karenina are generously supported by The K.M. Christiensen & A.E. Bond Bequest and the Barry Kay Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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A magnificent classical ballet in the guise of a great work of modern cinema

WTTW Chicago

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