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This show closed on June 13, 2020

About Anna Karenina

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

Many consider Tolstoy’s immortal novel to be the greatest work of literature ever, and it’s now 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 The Australian Ballet’s 2020 season.

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

Run Time

2hrs (inc interval)

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A masterful homage to an epic novel
Chicago Sun Times
A magnificent classical ballet in the guise of a great work of modern cinema
WTTW Chicago

Arts Centre Melbourne - State Theatre

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, VIC 3004

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