|Nina Zmievets as Anna and Oleg Markov as Karenin|
Photo: Souheil Michael Khoury
Boris Eifman’s Anna Karenina focuses on the story’s main love triangle, rather than conveying the details of Tolstoy's novel. This produces some interesting pas de deux, but a lot of group choreography that serves for no more interesting purpose than time-filling.
Natalia Povoroznyuk shines brightest as Anna, wearing an array of stunningly beautiful costumes designed by Vyacheslav Okunev. Her duets with Vronsky (Oleg Gabyshev) are full of impressive lifts, but choreography lacks fluidity and passion.
The Eifman Ballet’s dancers are evidently talented, as shown earlier this week in Rodin, but Anna Karenina disappointed.