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A Message from Bengt

A Message from Bengt Jörgen, Artistic Director & CEO I am pleased to welcome you to this performance of Anastasia. Created in commemoration of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen 20th Anniversary and received with acclaim across North America, CBJ is delighted to bring back this original production, restaged for our 30th Anniversary season. The idea for Anastasia grew out of a personal interest in Russian history — Anastasia Nikolaevna was a real historical figure, the rambunctious, free spirited youngest daughter of the last Russian Tsar and a young woman full of personality. The story of her life has become a remarkable myth transcending facts, reason, and any attempts to bottle her up in the footnotes of history and continues to fascinate people close to 100 years after her disappearance in July 1918. The real human drama of a young girl cast adrift in one of the cataclysmic events of the 20th century is a story I found impossible to resist. I am indebted to The Michael Young Family Foundation for their extraordinary financial support of this production. Additional funding for Anastasia was generously provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals from across the country. The original score for Anastasia was made possible with the support of The John D. McKellar Charitable Foundation. This performance is made possible with the support of The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council’s Touring Programs and our National Presenting Partner, BMO Financial Group. Thank you for coming and I hope you enjoy the show. Warmest regards, Bengt Jörgen About Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is a classical ballet company that aims to make ballet accessible and relevant to 21st century audiences. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen delivers programming in all 10 of Canada’s provinces as well as into the United States. Every year the Company tours from coast to coast travelling over 50,000 km to reach underserved communities. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen enriches our lives by bringing professional ballet to communities — large and small, urban and rural. Known for the warmth and beauty of its productions, CBJ reaches every province, delivering more than 1,000 performances, ballet classes and community engagement events involving over 150,000 participants annually. About George Brown Dance Canada’s Ballet Jörgen is also home to George Brown Dance. Our programs offer exceptional professional technical training in the heart of downtown Toronto. With over fifty percent of dance contracts in Ontario, Toronto offers extraordinary opportunities to aspiring performers. Students can Earn their College Diploma or Certificate specializing in: Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Urban/Commercial Dance The unique leadership of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s expert instructors produces dancers with the skills, confidence and connections necessary for employment in this wide range of dance performance settings. George Brown College is rated #1 among GTA employers and our graduates are working in all aspects of the arts and entertainment industry. Learn more at and Cover: Saniya Abilmajineva by: Karolina Kuras | 2 Photos from left to right: Saniya Abilmajineva & Daniel Da Silva by Johnny Vong, Saniya Abilmajineva & Daniel Da Silva by Kevin Vagg | 3

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