Ballet in two act's on Lev Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina and selected works of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky's music. Original libretto by Teet Kask.
Lev Tolstoy's message to reader, audience and to performers.
“Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." – Romans 12:19
With developing the project attempt was/is not to recreate Tolstoy's novel on stage as such (Tolstoy is one of the greatest master with words and his novel by itself is complete, but using unique dance art to express, what Tolstoy kept between lines, this is where I see current interest) but rather, so to speak, go to under Anna Karenina's skin, to discover her from perspective of contemporary human being.
Focus is on Anna Karenina as character, who comes in to conflict, with her needs as woman and with expectation of society. Centuries old conflict between individual and inertly changing social expectancy. Spectators will follow woman, who is shaped by same social rules against, what she rebels. Anna believes that only way to protect her discovered love, with out what she looses her identity, with dignity is to take her life.
Anna in her desperation, can't continue as living dead, she use love as way out of misery. On end of both ways waits her death. Anna was emotionally dead in relation with Karenin - where was no love and with Vronsky she experienced love what was not accepted by society. Anna Karenina was not able to tolerate ignorance from society. Not compromising her love and protesting again society she takes her life.
Music for particular version of Anna Karenina is collage from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's works. Tchaikovsky leaved same time, when Tolstoy worked on Anna Karenina. Tchaikovsky's works are filled with the fragrances and pulsations of its time, what will give authenticity, depth, colour and uniqueness to interpretation of ballet version of Tolstoy's novel. Romantic works of Tchaikovsky, will contrast ideally with tragic story of Anna's character, who trough novel do not reaching to point, where she could enjoy peacefully romantic love.
90min. Premier 20. November 2015, Teatro di Milano, Milano, Italy