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Victoria Jaiani in ‘Anna Karenina’ by Yuri Possokhov. Photo: Cheryl Mann.

By Kyle MacMillan, Chicago Sun-Times

Love and loss, violence and betrayal suffuse Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” — one of the great novels of the 19th century.

The Joffrey Ballet presented the world premiere Wednesday evening of Russian-born choreographer Yuri Possokhov’s new adaptation of this tragic tale — a sweeping, cinematic and sometimes heart-pounding take with unfailingly superb dancing throughout.

Aptly mirroring the seemingly back-and-forth, bifurcated tenor of our time, this admirably ambitious production smartly and nearly seamlessly modulates in look, choreography and affect between past and present, naturalism and abstraction.