The Australian Ballet’s Anna Karenina

Tue 5th April, 2022 – Sat 23rd April, 2022
Price: From $62
One of the greatest novels of all time is reinvented in a new ballet of cinematic proportions.

The Australian Ballet’s new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s romantic-tragedy Anna Karenina is coming to town. The cinematic production is a collaboration with Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet, which debuted the ballet to rave reviews at the world premiere in February 2019. It’s now coming to Sydney Opera House, Joan Sutherland Theatre for a strictly limited season from 5 – 23 April.

Anna Karenina tells the story of a woman who rebels against the mundaneness of rural marriage (and patriarchal expectations) with an extramarital affair that throws Saint Petersburg society into scandal, and, later, the heroine into despair. A married and bored Anna Karenina meets Count Alexei Vronsky at a Moscow train station, and the two keep catching each other’s eyes. Unable to stay apart, she abandons her husband and son to be with Vronksy. But after fleeing to Italy together, it soon becomes clear that an idyllic life is out of reach. The epic story explores societal boundaries and crosses European borders with its rich, complex plot.

This production takes the novel in a new direction of blockbuster proportions, combining Yuri Possokhov’s spectacular choreography with a haunting score by award-winning composer Ilya Demutsky and dramatic stage and costume design by Tom Pye.

Anna Karenina will run from 5 – 23 April at Sydney Opera House, Joan Sutherland Theatre for a strictly limited season. More details and book tickets.

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