Live from the ROH: Anastasia
Kenneth Macmillan's full-length ballet is a compelling exploration of identity in the turbulent wake of the Russian Revolution.
An identity in crisis; a country in revolution. Anastasia is a ballet about one of the great historical mysteries of the 20th century, only recently solved. At the height of the Russian Revolution the royal family were executed, but afterwards a young woman appeared – apparently a surviving royal princess, the Grand Duchess Anastasia. Many wanted to forget the massacre and the Revolution; many believed, or hoped, that a princess could have survived, a remnant of the old world. To music by Tchaikovsky and Martinu, we follow the events leading to the murder of a family, and Anna's confused dreams – or memories.