The jack of clubs was copied from Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich’s apparel, and the jack of diamonds came from Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich. The queen of clubs was largely borrowed from the dress of Grand Duchess Elizaveta Fedorovna, and the queen of hearts resembles the tsar’s sister, Ksenia Alexandrovna, dressed as a boyar’s wife. Curiously, Star Wars costume artist Trisha Biggar was inspired by the Russian-style dresses
Yekaterina Kondaurova as Anna Karenina. Photo by Natasha Razina. Mariinsky Ballet, Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, 2011. Anna Karenina is essentially about passion and adultery, subjects that lend themselves to dance treatment. But several scenes were only vaguely comprehensible and people seemed made of cardboard, rather than flesh-and-blood. That could even be said of Anna and her lover Vronsky (Kondaurova and Andrei Yermakov).