One of the most famous novels of world literature, Anna Karenina, created from the pen of the great Russian writer Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, has been thrilling readers worldwide since it was written in the 1870s. A fatal, passionate, and forbidden love of a married woman and mother Anna Karenina for the young Count Vronsky became and has remained an inexhaustible inspiration for many theatre and film authors. Yet the novel received its ballet version only in 1972, when the famous Maya Plisetskaya created the choreography and danced to the musical score of Rodion Shchedrin. Although Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky often found inspiration in the works of classical Russian and international authors, he never composed any works based on Tolstoy. However, the authors of the Zagreb version of Anna Karenina – the choreographer Leo Mujić and the dramaturg Valentina Turcu – did just that. The romantic orchestral works by Tchaikovsky seemed like an ideal musical base for outlining the spiritual condition of the characters. The author’s trademark style of choreography is marked by a successful combination of the vocabulary of academic ballet and modern dance expression and gesture.
— An excellent show has brought back the spectacle of ballet to the stage of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. —
Večernji list, April, 2014
— Forget Greta Garbo, the Anna Karenina of the 21st century is performed by the Zagreb Ballet —
Jutarnji list, April 2014