Anna Karenina, Tolstoy's literary masterpiece published in 1878, has inspired countless artists and creators of theatre, cinema, ballet, opera, and even graphic novels and television. American choreographer John Neumeier, who has served as director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet since 1973, uses the classic novel as a starting point for his eponymous ballet premiered in 2017, set to music by Tchaikovsky, Alfred Schnittke, and Cat Stevens. In this exceptional and resolutely expressionistic, even postmodern, production, Anna Laudere (soloist and principal at the Hamburg Ballet) brings strength and resolve to the title role, interrogating the position of femininity in a world ruled by machismo, as the excellent Hamburg Philharmonic under Nathan Brock provide the eclectic and enchanting soundtrack.
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Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin
The Joffrey Ballet