Why See Mikhailovsky Ballet: The Flames of Paris?
The Mikhailovsky ballet present
The color and exuberance of the French Revolution is brought to life yet again in this classic ballet, conceived by Boris Asafiev and choreographed by Vasily Vaynonen. This refreshing revival is staged and updated by Mikhail Messerer and invokes the original feeling of modern Russian Ballet, drawing upon the legacy of Ivanov and Pepita, as well as Vaynonen to create an appealing and emotional display of striking dance and talent that continues to thrill, a mere 82 years after it's initial Leningrad premiere
Said to be a favorite of Stalin and inspired by the events of the French Revolution, The Flames of Paris is a journey seen through the eyes of the masses that fought for freedom from the overbearing and over-taxing aristocracy. A bitter love story forms the heart, as we travel through Paris, Marsailles and the glittering, corrupted court of Versailles. The choreography instils the drumming power of the folk movement and is countered with the classical steps of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Enjoy the universal and historical tale of struggle as played out by one of the world's most respected ballet companies.
Opening night: 14 November 2014
Not suitable for those under 12 years of age.
Two hours and ten minutes, including two intermissions.
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Images used are from the 2013 production of this show.
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