Anna Karenina: A Ballet by John Neumeier (Blu-Ray)

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Anna Karenina: A Ballet by John Neumeier (Blu-Ray)

Composers: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alfred Schnittke, Cat Stevens
Artists: Anna Laudere, Edvin Revazov, Ivan Urban, Aleix Martínez, Emilie Mazon, Marià Huguet, Karen Azatyan, Patricia Friza, Florian Pohl, Hamburg Ballet
Director/Choreographer: John Neumeier
Video Format: 1080i 16:9
Audio Format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD MA 5.1
Region: All Regions
Languages (bonus material only): English, German, French
Subtitles: n/a
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: C Major
Release Date: May 26, 2023
Run Time: 158 minutes (ballet); plus 67 minutes bonus material

Thomas Mann once named Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina “the greatest social novel of world literature.” When reading the novel, John Neumeier was deeply fascinated by Tolstoy’s work: not only by the main characters and the plot, but also by the extraordinary variety of thematic connections. It is a story of three families. 

John Neumeier states: “Tolstoy himself wrote and published Anna Karenina as a serial story over a number of years. The feeling in the novel of a developing contemporary narrative – similar to a television series of today – is underlined by the fact that the novel does not end with the death of the title character. My challenge was therefore to give true life and relevance to the story by selecting key emotional situations and essential characters to fit within the framework of an evening-long ballet.”

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In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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