In director Joe Wright's highly stylized adaptation of "Anna Karenina," dance serves as a metaphor for characters' passions and fears.
In this excerpt from the Envelope Screening Series on Thursday, Wright and his leading lady, Keira Knightley, explain the challenges of executing that vision.
The most difficult sequence, Wright and Knightley agreed, was a dramatic ballroom scene staged by Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, involving Anna (Knightley), her paramour Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the entire cast.
"They said at the beginning, 'If you do a bit of yoga, you'll be fine,' " Knightley said. "It's nothing to do with yoga. It felt like sprinting in circles .... Everybody got sick."