We’re very sorry to announce that due to venue closures as part of the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the scheduled performances of Anna Karenina in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide have been cancelled.
If you hold a ticket for these performances, you will have received an email offering you a choice between donating your ticket, receiving a credit, or receiving a refund. See more information about the closures and ticket options here.
This is a situation of unprecedented difficulty for us at The Australian Ballet, as it is for all Australians. We’d like to thank the many generous patrons who have already offered to support the company through this challenging time by choosing to donate their ticket. We look forward to the time when the lights go on, the curtain goes up and we dance for you again.
“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.
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.