“Anna Karenina” told in dance

A thrilling interpretation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tragic novel is interpreted as an acclaimed ballet.

Considered to be one of the greatest works of literature ever written, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina deals with themes of betrayal, faith, family, marriage, Imperial Russian society, desire, and the differences between rural and urban life. The story centers on an extramarital affair between Anna and cavalry officer Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky that scandalizes the social circles of Saint Petersburg and forces the young lovers to flee to Italy in a search for happiness. But after they return to Russia, their lives further unravel…

Victoria Jaiani and Alberto Velazquez in Anna Karenina
Photos by Cheryl Mann.
From the press release:

One of the premier dance companies in the world today, The Joffrey Ballet boasts a reputation for boundary-breaking performances for more than 65 years. The company’s blockbuster, Anna Karenina, won the 2019 “Oscars of Dance” Benois de la Danse International Prize for Best Choreography. Love is all-consuming for the beautiful but married Anna, who, in the pursuit of passion, finds herself caught in a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Vronsky. Set in late 19th-century Imperial Russia, this adaptation unravels the profound power, desire and possession that shapes Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel. A breathtaking cinematic production with stunning costume design and captivating choreography, this famed psychological drama—set to an original musical composition—makes its debut at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

The Joffrey Ballet in Anna Karenina
Photos by Cheryl Mann
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center: The Joffrey Ballet – Anna Karenina

The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Friday, June 21, 2024 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 – 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 23 – 2:00 p.m.

Purchase tickets here.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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