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"There are as many kinds of love as there are hearts...." Leo Tolstoy
Cinematic staging, elegant costumes and Yuri Possokhov’s powerful choreography illuminate the tragedy of Anna Karenina, whose desire brings about her ruin.
When Anna meets Vronsky, a handsome young officer, the instant connection between them flames into an affair – with disastrous consequences. Anna leaves her conservative husband and relinquishes her son to be with her lover, but her bliss is fleeting, and when Vronsky’s passion cools she takes desperate action. Possokhov, formerly a principal dancer with Bolshoi Ballet and San Francisco Ballet and now a major international choreographer, does full justice to the scale and ambition of Tolstoy’s novel.
The specially commissioned orchestral score is by award-winning composer Ilya Demutsky, who has worked with Possokhov on five previous occasions, forming one of the great artistic partnerships of this century.
The celebrated theatre designer Tom Pye captures the opulence of Anna’s milieu with a modern twist. The vivid colour and luxurious detail of the costumes glow in a sparse, contemporary set that conjures ballrooms, boudoirs and the fateful railway station. Finn Ross’ projections (including real-time footage of the dancers) add substance and atmosphere.
Anna Karenina is a co-production of The Joffrey Ballet and The Australian Ballet with Orchestra Victoria.
"A masterful homage to an epic novel" Chicago Sun Times
“The ‘Russian soul’ is very familiar to me after dancing with the Bolshoi Ballet for ten years. That deep soul echoes on stage in Yuri’s recreation of this harrowing tale, a story written by one Russian and interpreted by another, generations later.” David Hallberg, Artistic Director
Choreography: Yuri Possokhov
Assistant to the Choreographer: Quinn Wharton
Composer: Ilya Demutsky
Libretto: Valeriy Pecheykin
Based on the novel by: Leo Tolstoy
2hrs (inc interval)
October 11th, 2021
October 23rd, 2021
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
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