Anna Karenina: A world premiere ballet at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre

Anna Karenina: A world premiere ballet at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre
The Joffrey Ballet's world premiere "Anna Karenina" at the Auditorium Theatre. (Cheryl Mann Productions)

Visionary choreographer Yuri Possokhov and an award-winning creative team 
create a historic reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless classic

A ballet in two acts, Anna Karenina centers on the tragic tale of a married aristocrat and her ongoing love triangle in Imperial Russia in a story that explores the complex politics of family, religion, morality and gender.

The Joffrey Ballet’s world premiere of Yuri Possokhov’s historic reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, Anna Karenina, marks a first-time collaboration between The Joffrey Ballet and the renowned Australian Ballet.

The ballet is being performed in Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, in ten performances only through February 24.

Anna Karenina features a newly-commissioned score by Ilya Demutsky that is performed live by The Chicago Philharmonic

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,” says Ashley Wheater, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet. “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.”

I was fortunate to attend this outstanding–in every way–production on Saturday. I would highly recommend attending it during its way too short stay in Chicago.

WhatAnna Karenina 
When: Performances various dates through February 24, 2019 ( Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 pm; Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 pm.)
Where:  Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
Tickets: Single tickets, priced from $35 to $199.
Running Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes including one intermission

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