Anna Karenina

Based on the novel by Lev Tolstoi

Boris Eifman choreographs music by Tchaikovsky

Trained at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Boris Eifman transformed Leo Tolstoy’s acclaimed, tragic 1877 novel Anna Karenina into one of the most exciting contemporary dance dramas using fragments from different works by Tchaikovsky. Owing to the concept of dynamic movement in this tragic love story, full of passion and desperation, this piece is considered as the Russian choreographer’s masterpiece.

The ballet’s debut performance in Saint Petersburg once again confirmed the reputation of Boris Eifman as his country’s most prominent choreographer. It later sold out performances all over Europe and America, and now opens for the first time in the Liceu. The performance has been hailed as one of the most stimulating contemporary ballets with largely classical roots, courtesy of the clever interaction between music and choreography.

Artistic profile

Artistic director and Coreography
Boris Eifman
Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
Set designer
Zinovy Margolin
Costume designer
Vyacheslav Okunev
Light designer
Gleb Filshtinsky
Symphony Orchestra of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Conrad van Alphen


December 2017

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First part 45m
Interval 25m
Second part 47m

Approximate running time 2h

Reasons why you need to see Anna Karenina

  1. A great performance by the most prominent choreographer of contemporary Russia.
  2. The tragic story of Anna Karenina, danced to the Tchaikovsky’s passionate, visceral music.
  3. Boris Eifman’s masterpiece, internationally acclaimed by critics and the public.
  4. A contemporary choreography that stems from thoroughly classical roots.