Anna Karenina: Joffrey’s World Premiere and First-Time Collaboration with Australian Ballet

Photo Credit: Cheryl Mann

From February 13-24, The Joffrey Ballet intends to bring “Anna Karenina” to the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, according to an official press release. The Leo Tolstoy classic envisioned by Yuri Possokhov will be brought to the Chicago audience through a first-time collaboration between Joffrey and The Australian Ballet.

Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, Ashley Wheater, had this to say about the upcoming production,  “Anna Karenina is a deeply emotional story that speaks to our turbulent times and offers the ideal muse for Joffrey’s tradition of powerful storytelling through dance. Our collaboration with the Australian Ballet is momentous on so many levels, and Yuri Possokhov is a creative powerhouse at the height of his career. His fresh classical vocabulary will no doubt lead to a phenomenal retelling that honors the classic story while exploring the modern ballet idiom.”

What is choreographer Yuri Possokhov’s version all about? “‘Anna Karenina’ centers on the tragic tale of a married aristocrat and her ongoing love triangle in Imperial Russia, a story that explores the complex politics of family, religion, morality and gender.” The show’s award-winning and famed creative team features Ilya Demutsky, Tom Pye, David Finn.

“Anna Karenina” premieres in Chicago this February, and The Australian Ballet plans to bring it to Melbourne in May 2020.

Learn more about choreographer Yuri Possokhov by clicking here.

A Special Thanks to The Silverman Group and The Joffrey Ballet for the exclusive press release. 

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