THE JOFFREY BALLET COMMISSIONS ITS FIRST-EVER MUSIC SCORE FOR
WORLD PREMIERE OF YURI POSSOKHOV’S ANNA KARENINA
As the centerpiece of its 2018-19 season, The Joffrey Ballet presents the world premiere of Yuri Possokhov’s historic reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, Anna Karenina,
marking the first time the Company has ever commissioned a full
length score, composed by Russian multi award
winning composer Ilya Demutsky. This majestic work will be performed in Chicago at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, in ten performances only,
February 13-24, 2019.
The Chicago Philharmonic, led by Joffrey Music Director
Scott Speck, will provide live accompan-
iment of Demutsky’s score.
“It's a real rarity for any ballet company to commission a full-length score,” said Speck. “And it was a coup to secure Demutsky, one of the brightest lights in the world of music today. Possokhov is very careful to be true to the score, so he is using Demutsky’s musical vision as the inspiration for his
choreography. Ilya is the Tchaikovsky of this ballet.”
The 35-year-old Russian native has composed operas, symphonic poems and film scores, including several collaborations on full-length ballets with Possokhov. His music for their A Hero of Our Time
(2015) won him the most coveted Russian Theatre award, the Golden Mask, for the Best Composer in Musical Theatre. More recently, his work on the much anticipated
Nureyev (2017) earned a Prix Benois award for Best Composer Work in Ballet.
“There are many interpretations of Anna Karenina in music, theatre, and cinemato-graphy, so it's been an honor and a great challenge for me to create another one, a special one,” said Demutsky.
“Tolstoy's novel is about a storm of feelings and passions, tragedy and family happiness on the back of a massive canvas of morals and manners of Moscow and Saint Peters-burg noble society. I've composed an extremely emotional and, at the same time, very intimate score—with ear-catching leitmotifs, harsh harmonies, and bursts of climaxes. It is my fourth ballet composed for Yuri Possokhov and every time it is a truly astonishing experience to see how my music materializes in Yuri's stunning choreo-graphy.”
A ballet in two acts,
Anna Karenina centers on the tragic tale of a married aristocrat and her ongoing love triangle in Imperial Russia, a story that explores the complex politics of family, religion, morality and gender.
The world premiere of Anna Karenina will be presented first in Chicago
with The Joffrey Ballet, February 13-24,2019, and
then in Melbourne with The Australian Ballet in May 2020.
Tickets and Schedule
The Joffrey Ballet performs Yuri Possokhov’s Anna Karenina in ten performances only February 13 -24, 2019. The full performance schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 pm;
Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm;
Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 pm; Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 pm;
Friday, Feb. 22 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 pm.
Single tickets, priced from $35 to $199, are available for purchase at The Joffrey Ballet’s official Box Office located in the lobby of Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street, as well as the Auditorium Theatre of
Roosevelt University Box Office, by telephone at 312.386.8905, or online at joffrey.org