Anastasia

About the Performance

A Russian Grand Duchess, born to privilege, is cast out into a post-revolutionary world… What will become of her?

Choreographer: Bengt Jörgen
Music: Ivan Barbotin
Set & Costume Design: Sue LePage
Original Lighting Design: Bonnie Beecher
Number of Dancers: 16, plus opportunities for local youth dancers
Running Time: 2 hours with one intermission

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen brings back the magical tale of the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia for the 100th anniversary of the story and the 10th anniversary of the production. Created by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen, Anastasia is set to an original full orchestra score by Russian/Canadian composer Ivan Barbotin. Barbotin has previously worked with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen to create two of the company’s most popular ballets: The Velveteen Rabbit and The Emperor’s New Clothes.

The mystery of what happened to the seventeen year old Grand Duchess has fascinated people for nearly a century, spanning a multitude of books, movies and musicals. Anastasia is both the tragic story of an innocent girl and the subject of modern mythology, as there is great speculation about what actually happened that fateful summer of 1918. The human drama of a young girl born to privilege and cast out into a world of immense heartache proves an extraordinarily gripping tale. This ballet explores the emotions, aspirations, and affections of this lovable yet controversial character as the world transforms around her.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, renowned for its ability to succinctly tell classical stories in an engaging and dramatic fashion, follows the daughter of the fallen Russian Tsar through the ballrooms of St. Petersburg, to the Russian Revolution, to captivity, and beyond…

Anastasia is a full-length ballet rich with incredibly detailed costumes, versatile sets, and exquisite lighting. This ballet can either be performed with pre-recorded music (courtesy of the renowned Russian Philharmonic Orchestra) or with live accompaniment.

Anastasia was created with the generous support of the Michael Young Family Foundation.

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Testimonials

The production is as elegant and finely-wrought as a Fabergé egg.
Susan Deefholts

The Record, Kitchener Waterloo

More than 250 lucky islanders enjoyed a stunning sold-out performance at ArtSpring last week. I was bowled over at how superb this production was. I have seen a lot of ballet – The National Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and even once the Bolshoi. I enjoyed Anastasia as much as anything I’ve seen.
Jack Hallam

Gulf Islands Driftwood

I was pleased to find that the ballet was a delight. I left the theatre feeling buoyed by what I had seen. A talented cast, a well-crafted story and an intelligent production team created a memorable evening of ballet.
Bridget Cauthery

The Dance Current

When life imitates art, the artists are coming from an essential place, far more substantial than entertainment. Ballet Jörgen captured in its performance the question of a generation. 100 years ago as today. The choreography read like a book…so vivid, so penetrating and telling the story of our struggle to regain our wholeness.
Lisa Talesnick

Vernon Morning Star