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“Real to me is the universal language of dance. It enables us to tell stories, move and inspire people in spite of any language barriers and cultural differences.”
—Christian Spuck, Artistic Director of Ballett Zürich and Choreographer of Anna Karenina
A famous story of love with tragic consequences
“An all-encompassing theatrical experience” Dance Europe
“A feast for the eyes…a delight to watch” Bachtrack
“[Christian Spuck is] a choreographer who possesses both intelligence and flair” Criticaldance.com
When forbidden passion clashes with the social code of 19th century Russia there can only be one outcome.
Tolstoy’s famous novel has inspired great stage productions and film adaptations, the latter starring Greta Garbo and Keira Knightley in the title role, and now this stunning ballet from leading European dance company, Ballett Zürich. It is one of literature’s most powerful romantic dramas.
Trapped in a dull and loveless marriage, Anna Karenina falls headlong for the dashing, pleasure-loving and overwhelmingly attractive cavalier, Alexei Vronsky. Reluctant at first and aware of the consequences, she finally gives in to his advances with tragic consequences.
From the ecstasy of erotic love to the dark despair, Christian Spuck’s superb choreography expresses a wide spectrum of emotions and contradictions of the human psyche. Anna’s fall from grace is rapid and cruel.
Music plays a vital role in this production with selected works by Rachmaninov accompanying romance and passion, while those of Lutosławski and other contemporaries reflecting bitterness and rejection with edgier sounds.
With stylish costumes, evocative sets and clever use of video, Ballett Zürich’s Anna Karenina takes its place among the most memorable and dramatic interpretations of Tolstoy’s masterpiece. This production has also been successfully staged by Norwegian National Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet and at the Stanislavsky Theatre in Moscow.
Ballett Zürich achieved its current prominence under the leadership of Heinz Spoerli from 1996 to 2012. It is now led by German choreographer Christian Spuck, who learned his craft at the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart. He trained with top contemporary ensembles Needcompany and Rosas before joining Stuttgart Ballet in 1995 and becoming its choreographer in residence.
Festival Opening is sponsored by Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Based on the eponymous novel by
Michael Küster and Claus Spahn