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Anna Karenina Ballet is Coming to Cairo Opera House

The Russian novel adaptation is gracing Cairo's stages.

Staff Writer

A refined ballet performance of Anna Karenina, based on Leo Tolstoy’s 1877 novel that's heralded as one of the best books in history, is coming to the Cairo Opera House. ⁣

Italian ballet troupe, Balletto di Milano, will perform the timeless Russian tale over a 3-day period starting on January 22nd through the 24th in the Opera House’s main hall. The troupe is supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture, and has done countless performances in famed venues around the globe.⁣

The plot follows the protagonist, Anna, after she falls into an affair with a cavalry officer named Vronsky and elopes with him to Italy. Their honeymoon doesn’t last long as they eventually return to Russia where their lives unravel dramatically. Themes of love, betrayal and imperialism have captivated readers, and - ever since the novel's adaptation to ballet in 2005, with choreography by Boris Eifman and music composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - they have continued to do so on stage.