Anna Karenina by John Neumeier, music by Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, and Cat Stevens

Anna Laudere (Anna Karenina), Edvin Revazov (Alexei Vronsky), Aleix Martínez (Levin), Emilie Mazon (Kitty), Carsten Jung (Alexei Karenin)

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John Neumeier — Choreographer, lighting, stage sets and costumes

Heinrich Tröger — Assistant stage director

Kiran West — Video graphics designer

Anna Laudere — Anna Karenina

Edvin Revazov — Alexei Vronsky

Aleix Martínez — Levin

Emilie Mazon — Kitty

Ivan Urban — Alexei Karenin

Marià Huguet — Seryozha

Karen Azatyan — A Mushik

Patricia Friza — Dolly

Florian Pohl — Stiva

Xue Lin — Lydia Ivanovna

Greta Jörgens — Princess Sorokina

The Hamburg Ballet

Program notes

Anna Karenina, Tolstoy's literary masterpiece published in 1878, has inspired countless artists and creators of theatre, cinema, ballet, opera, and even graphic novels and television. American choreographer John Neumeier, who has served as director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet since 1973, uses the classic novel as a starting point for his eponymous ballet premiered in 2017, set to music by Tchaikovsky, Alfred Schnittke, and Cat Stevens. In this exceptional and resolutely expressionistic, even postmodern, production, Anna Laudere (soloist and principal at the Hamburg Ballet) brings strength and resolve to the title role, interrogating the position of femininity in a world ruled by machismo, as the excellent Hamburg Philharmonic under Nathan Brock provide the eclectic and enchanting soundtrack.

Photo © Kiran West

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