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Arts Calendar / February 27 / Ballet
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Ballet by John Neumeier in two acts to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky Alfred Shnitke, Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam, based on the novel of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. 195 min (with one interval). The Hamburg Ballet and the Bolshoi Theatre coproduction. Choreographer, Set and Costume Designer, Lighting Concept Author and Author of Libretto: John Neumeier. Non-trivial love triangle, deep passions, several pairs absolutely different in their happiness and misfortune, hidden and obvious ill-will of the society that affected the main character’s tragedy. Anna Karenina’s fate might have been different even at the time the novel unfolds. And at the same time, moving to our days, this story still can remain its tragic. When reading the novel, John Neumeier was deeply fascinated by its characters and the life of various social groups. Realizing that it is impossible to choreograph the entire novel, Neumeier reproduces primarily those feelings that he reads. The story is transposed in the present day. Karenin holds a political rally; Vronsky plays lacrosse. A train becomes a toy in the hands of Seryozha. Anna dies, falling into the underworld, which is the logically justified end for the hell in Anna's soul. Life of secular society goes on. A wealthy landowner Levin finds the strength to feel sorry for Anna and to console her despairing son.
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