Anna Karenina

Performance Details

  • When February 15–26, 2023
  • Where Lyric Opera House
  • Choreography Yuri Possokhov
  • Original Score Ilya Demutsky

Love is all-consuming for the beautiful but married Anna, who finds herself caught in a life-changing affair with the dashing Count Vronsky. Set in the late 19th century of Imperial Russia, Possokhov’s immersive adaptation—winner of the 2019 “Oscars of Dance” Benois de la Danse International Prize for Best Choreography—returns to the Joffrey for the first time since its successful world premiere in 2019. This blockbuster ballet, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy, features an original composition by award-winning composer Ilya Demutsky, costumes and sets by Emmy-Award-winning designer Tom Pye, and lighting by famed designer David Finn.

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Meet the Artists

Choreographer Yuri Possokhov

Possokhov’s extensive repertoire for The Joffrey Ballet includes the blockbuster world premiere of Anna Karenina in 2019.

Composer Ilya Demutsky

A multi-award winning composer, performer, and conductor, Demutsky’s works include compositions for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble, piano, voice, as well as electronic and film music.

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Producing Sponsors

  • Margot and Josef Lakonishok
  • NIB Foundation

Major Sponsors

  • Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark
  • Nancy and Sanfred Koltun
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joel V. Williamson
  • The Walter E. Heller Foundation
  • JHL Capital Group
  • Jane Ellen Murray Foundation
  • Diane and John Patience
  • Poetry Foundation
  • Rudolf Nureyev Fund at The Joffrey Ballet


  • Mary Jo and Doug Basler
  • Ethel and William Gofen
  • Bill and Orli Staley Foundation
  • Australian Consulate-General in Chicago