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MacMillan's ballet was inspired by the story of Anna Anderson, a woman who believed herself to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. During the time MacMillan created the ballet, rumours swirled that the princess may have survived the massacre that killed her family in 1918; but this was later disproved by DNA evidence. Some believed Anderson, but many did not, and the ballet shows her haunted by memories of a past that may not be hers.
Acts I and II show the young Anastasia growing up, amid the final days of the Russian Empire – but in Act III, we encounter the conflicted Anna Anderson as she battles with her possibly imagined Imperial past.
MacMillan originally created Act III of Anastasia as a one-act ballet for Deutsche Oper Ballet in 1967, and expanded it into a three-act work for The Royal Ballet in 1971. The ballet remains one of MacMillan's stylistically adventurous works. A new production, designed by Bob Crowley, was created in 1996, and it returns in 2016 for its second revival.
Like MacMillan's choreography, Anastasia also features a prominent musical contrast. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s First and Third Symphonies are used for Acts I and II, while Czech composer Martinů’s Sixth Symphony is the score for Act III.
The cinema relay of Anastasia features many Principal Dancers of The Royal Ballet including Marianela Nuñez, Federico Bonelli, Edward Watson and Thiago Soares. Natalia Osipova will perform the lead role of Anastasia/Anna Anderson.
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The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Hans and Julia Rausing, Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, Richard and Delia Baker, The Tsukanov Family Foundation, Simon and Virginia Robertson and The Fonteyn Circle.