Anastasia Full-Length Ballet with a Pre-Performance Discussion

Old Toronto, ON

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Dance for All! We are delighted to share with you our full-length ballet Anastasia, starting with a pre-show roundtable with the creative team. Anastasia is a full-length ballet rich with incredibly detailed costumes, versatile sets, and exquisite lighting. “Blown away not only by the immense production value, genius use of space, innovative set design and time-period costuming, I was also highly impressed by the dancers’ acrobatic abilities, and how quietly they leapt and bounded around the stage.” – The Telegram St. John’s, NL About the Performance A Russian Grand Duchess, born to privilege, is cast out into a post-revolutionary world… What will become of her? Canada’s Ballet Jörgen's magical tale of the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia was filmed in 2018 to commemorate 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 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… Choreographer: Bengt Jörgen, C.M. Lead Dancers: Saniya Abilmajineva & Daniel Da Silva Music: Ivan Barbotin Set & Costume Design: Sue LePage Original Lighting Design: Bonnie Beecher Stage Direction: Heinar Piller Synopsis Development: Clea Iveson Running Time: 2 hours Video Producer & Director: Ngardy Conteh George Video Editor: Nathan Allen

Thu 07 Oct
4:00 PM →
Sat 09 Oct
→ 9:00 AM

Watch The Ballet

Behind the Ballet: Anastasia Roundtable with the Creative Team

Behind the Ballet: Director's Take

Behind the Ballet: Artistic Director & Choreographer, Bengt Jörgen, C.M.

This event is free.

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Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

About Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is one of Canada’s largest dance companies and the country’s leading touring dance company. Currently celebrating its 34th season, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen enriches our lives by bringing professional ballet to communities - large and small, urban and rural - across Canada. Known for the warmth and beauty of its productions, CBJ reaches every province, delivering more than 4,000 performances, ballet classes and community engagement events involving over 65,000 participants annually. To date, CBJ has reached 283 different communities in Canada and 64 in the US. The company specializes in reaching underserved communities, and effectively reaches households with income of under $35,000. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is the 2011 winner of The National Arts Centre Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring – the first Ontario Performing Arts Organization to win this award.


160 Kendal Avenue

Old Toronto, ON

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