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STAGE RUSSIA’S PRODUCTION OF ‘ANNA KARENINA’ FROM THE VAKHTANGOV THEATRE

An intriguing but somewhat unsatisfying dance version of Tolstoy’s much loved epic novel, this is part of the Stage Russia screenings and come to us from the Vakhtangov Theatre choreographed by Angelica Cholina.

The ballet transfers very well from stage to screen,  photographed cleanly and thoughtfully, with excellent use of appropriate close up .While the individual elements were great, with fine performances by an excellent cast, this production proved to be rather strange and disappointing.

Cholina has based this work on Tolstoy’s novel of sweeping love and despair which details the life of the eponymous Anna, a St. Petersburg aristocrat who is caught in a loveless marriage, against the backdrop of rigid late 19th century Russian society. Streamlining and abridging the novel, the adaptation is an analysis of (un)happy family life and also looks at the high echelons of society at the time and how emotions conflicted with social conventions. Tolstoy’s novel is widely considered a pinnacle in realist fiction. Continue reading STAGE RUSSIA’S PRODUCTION OF ‘ANNA KARENINA’ FROM THE VAKHTANGOV THEATRE

FONTEYN AND NUREYEV: THE PERFECT PARTNERSHIP

Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in a 1966 performance of SWAN LAKE (Tchaikovsky) at the Vienna State Opera House
Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in a 1966 performance of SWAN LAKE (Tchaikovsky) at the Vienna State Opera House

The Friends of the Australian Ballet were privileged to attend a screening of the rare, fascinating documentary FONTEYN AND NUREYEV: THE PERFECT PARTNERSHIP at the luxurious Art Deco Cremorne Orpheum .

We were welcomed by Greg Khoury and settled back to enjoy the show. Both black and white and colour footage is used and there are interviews with dance luminaries including Dame Ninette De Valois and Sir Frederick Ashton and others such as Clement Crisp the critic and Fonteyn’s secretary. The film examines the partnership between the two, ‘an artistic love affair conducted in public’ looking at how the almost polar opposites melded and the chemistry between them. Fonteyn was older, far more restrained and of the British ‘school’ of technique, whereas Nureyev was younger, fiery and impetuous an explosively temperamental Tartar.

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