The Royal Ballet, part of the UK's Royal Opera House, released one of its ballet gems, Anastasia, on the opera's YouTube channel.
Part of the opera's ‘From Our House to Your House,’ the ballet will be available on-demand until 27 May 2020.
The screening is preceded by a short introduction by Kevin O'Hare, a retired British ballet dancer and current director of The Royal Ballet.
Ballet Anastasia was first performed in 1967 by the Deutsche Oper Ballet as a one-act ballet. It was then expanded into a three-act piece, keeping the 1967 version as its third act. The new ballet was premiered by the Royal Ballet in 1971.
The Royal Ballet embeds its work in the 20th century costume and minimal scenography, while at the backdrop of the ballet we are presented with screenings of the documentary material showing the times of the last Russian Tsar.
The music of the ballet fuses works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Bohuslav Martinu, in addition to electronic music by Fritz Winckel and Rüdiger Rüfer. The choreography is by Kenneth MacMillan
"A piece 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 of the assassination of the Romanovs in 1918," the description accompanying the ballet reveals.
This fascinating story of Tsar Nicholas, the Romanovs and Anastasia has seen many film, theatre and ballet interpretations.
Currently, Netflix is screening The Last Czars series, which delves into the history of Nicholas since he sat on the throne until the execution of the whole family (including the youngest daughter Anastasia). The series mixes documentary and fictionalised elements, providing an interesting background to the story of Anastasia, a woman who years after the family's death claimed to be the Romanov's youngest daughter who miraculously did not die during the assassination.
The online version of Anastasia provided by the Royal Opera House features Anna Anderson in the role Natalia Osipova.
The Anastasia ballet was released online on 15 May
It will remain available until 27 May
Follow this link to watch Anastasia online.
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