Kenneth MacMillan created the one-act ballet Anastasia for Deutsche Oper Ballet in 1967. He was inspired by the true story of Anna Anderson, a woman who believed herself to be Anastasia, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and the only survivor from the assassination of the Romanovs in 1918
MacMillan creates a haunting work to Martinů’s Sixth Symphony that delves into Anna’s confused psychological state. The ballet won widespread acclaim on its premiere, particularly for the central performance of Lynn Seymour in the title role.
When MacMillan became Director of The Royal Ballet, he adapted Anastasia into a three-act, full-length work. He created two preceding acts to the Berlin act, using music by Tchaikovsky. The full ballet, first performed in 1971 showcased MacMillan’s considerable talents to combine influences to create a coherent whole
The story centres around the tragic events that befell the Romanov family. A woman who believes herself to be Anastasia the sole survivor from the massacre of the Romanovs, is incarcerated in an asylum. Fantasy and reality mingle as she recalls the tragic events and her survival.
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