Tue 26 June 2018 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Israeli Opera House - Sderot Sha'ul HaMelech 19, Tel Aviv,

“All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” – these are the first famous lines of Anna Karenina, a novel that was published in 1877, but still continues to be a great work of world literature. Christian Shpuk, inspired at first Hollywood film with Sophie Marceau in the title role, and then the novel itself, wrote her libretto of the ballet and before the eyes of the audience there passes not only the life of Anna, but also the pictures of the empire: from the luxury of tsarist Petersburg and merchant Moscow to the poverty of abandoned villages . Shpuk did not want to show only the love triangle. In his ballet fit the whole era of tsarist Russia and Anna Karenina’s tragedy, female history.

Anna Karenina by Tolstoy inspired the choreographers to the ballet embodiment of the theme of feeling and duty. The ballets on this novel by Tolstoy were staged by Maya Plisetskaya, Boris Eifman, Alexei Ratmansky. This time a new reading of Tolstoy will be shown by a German-born choreographer working in Switzerland, whose young and “Western” approach to the great Russian novel makes the ballet “Anna Karenina” from Zurich doubly interesting.

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