Ballet dancers use graceful movements to evoke such primal human emotions as longing, love, and the desire to be several inches taller. Find en-pointe enchantment with this GrouponLive deal to see Anastasia, presented by Ballet Jörgen Canada at the Shenkman Arts Centre on April 18, at 7 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $23, you get one ticket for seating in rows F–Q (a $45 value).
- For $25, you get one ticket for seating in rows AA–E (a $50 value).<p>
Conceived by Cliff E. Lee Choreography Award–winner Bengt Jörgen, Anastasia weaves the tragic tale of Russia’s mysterious grand duchess with movements both elegant and urgent. Beginning with the heroine’s youth in the imperial court, the ballet paints an arresting portrait of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and a fictionalized account of her disappearance after the murder of her family in 1918.
Picture-perfect waltzes evoke the isolated splendor of the Imperial court, demonstrating their remove from such common concerns as hunger, war, and the lack of a tiara pantry. The corps de ballet viscerally represents the peasants’ oppression with modern choreography as they’re variously “ensnared by gravity, carving through space, bound together, and moving as one,” as described by Dance Current. The searching original orchestral score by Russian-Canadian composer Ivan Barbotin is alternately eerie, melancholy, and triumphant, and period costumes ground the intense emotion in the visceral realities of royalty, soldiers, and revolutionaries. The Ballet Jörgen Canada was awarded by the National Arts Centre for their distinguished contribution to touring in 2011. Free parking will be available.