Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
Choreographed by Andrew McNicol
Performed at the Linbury Theatre Royal Opera House
Based on the novella by Tolstoy it used both the music of Janacek and Beethoven to tell the story of fierce jealousy, unwanted passions and sexual abstinence. The ballet was set in 1889 Russia where Pozdnyshev relays the history of his troubled life up to the killing of his wife, a pianist and mother. He blames woman's power over man and how much of society is geared towards their pleasure and well-being. The ballet was split into 5 episodes where the concert of Beethoven's Sonata No.9 in A Major forms the apex of the performance.
"I was delighted with your design and your costumes; they evoked just the right atmosphere for the piece and the dancer’s costumes were eminently dance-able in and stylistically perfect for the piece. It is rare to see a piece as complete and convincing as 'Kreutzer Sonata' was. " Anya Sainsbury (Linden)