Choreographer Bengt Jörgen, CM

Music Ivan Barbotin

Set & Costume Design Sue LePage

Original Lighting Design Bonnie Beecher

Number of Dancers 16, plus opportunities for local youth dancers

Run Time 2 hours with 1 intermission

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 brings back the magical tale of the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia for 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…

Anastasia is a full-length ballet rich with incredibly detailed costumes, versatile sets, and exquisite lighting. This ballet can either be performed with pre-recorded music (courtesy of the renowned Russian Philharmonic Orchestra) or with live accompaniment.

Anastasia was created with the generous support of the Michael Young Family Foundation.


Read our Behind the Ballet Series with Anastasia



“The music, dancing, costumes, sets & lighting were brilliant last night
100% 2 thumbs up…well done.”

– Gander Arts and Culture Centre

“I was in awe of the production, the choreography and creation so expressive and brilliantly weaved, technical precision and performance sublime. The performance was 1st class.”
– Astrid Sherman, Pro Arté Centre

Director, Professional Training Programs, CatchingART & Pro Arté, North Vancouver

“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