Sedona Film Festival presents ‘Anna Karenina’

The Sedona International Film Festival kicks off its Stage Russia series at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, with the award-winning “Anna Karenina.”

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The Sedona International Film Festival kicks off its Stage Russia series at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, with the award-winning “Anna Karenina.”

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Directed and choreographed by Angelica Cholina, this internationally award-winning Vakhtangov Theatre production of “Anna Karenina” is a choreographed modern dance interpretation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel.

The Sedona International Film Festival has announced its Stage Russia series will kick off Sunday, May 21, with the award-winning “Anna Karenina.” There will be one show at 4 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Directed and choreographed by Angelica Cholina, this internationally award-winning Vakhtangov Theatre production of “Anna Karenina” is a choreographed modern dance interpretation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel.

Telling the life story of the titular Anna, a St. Petersburg aristocrat, against the backdrop of late 19th century Russian society, Tolstoy’s novel is widely considered a pinnacle in realist fiction.

Cholina strives to find the equivalent of Tolstoy’s words in harmony and movement, with every gesture holding meaning. The music of Alfred Schnittke helps to reveal the characters and their depth, together with elegance and mood corresponding to the amplitude of the novel.

A crowd favorite in Moscow which plays to sold-out houses month after month, this meticulously detailed and gorgeous “Anna Karenina” is an example of the new Russian theater scene, fearlessly focusing on the visceral, allowing audience members to form their own interpretations.

Tickets to Stage Russia’s “Anna Karenina” are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. Tickets are available in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office or by calling 928-282-1177 or online at www.SedonaFilmFestival.org. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Highway 89A, in West Sedona.