AMPAG, The Australian Ballet The Australian Ballet:Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Image Credits: The Australian Ballet

April 2020

Thu 30 

The Australian Ballet

The Australian Ballet

Sydney Opera House

SydneyNSW

June 2020

Fri 05 

Arts Centre Melbourne

Melbourne, VIC, AU,

July 2020

Sat 04 

Adelaide Festival Theatre

Adelaide, SA, AU,

 
 

“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. HisAnna 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.