21 September 2016 at 3.53pm | 8 Comments
Presented by Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare, the event offered audiences an exclusive glimpse of the Company's revival of Anastasia. Deborah MacMillan revealed why her late husband Kenneth found inspiration in the true story of Anna Anderson – a woman who famously believed herself to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, the sole survivor of the Romanov family who were assassinated during The Russian Revolution.
Writer and broadcaster on Russian Studies Viv Groskop provided further context on Anderson, who was ultimately institutionalized after she refused to reveal or accept her real identity.
The event also included a live rehearsal with The Royal Ballet, featuring interviews with the dancers and their coaches.
Anastasia was originally created in 1967 for Deutsche Oper Ballet as a one-act ballet. It was a stylistically daring piece that explored how memory and fantasy overlap. When MacMillan was appointed Director of The Royal Ballet in 1970, adapting Anastasia into a three-act, full length ballet was one of his first creative endeavours. He added two new acts, using music by Tchaikovsky and opted for a more classical style of dance to create one of the most experimental and poignant works in the repertory.
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