Bolshoi Ballet: Les Flammes de Paris

The Bolshoi Ballet presents Les Flammes de Paris

Captured live in HD and performed by The Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow

More than 130 dancers on stage!

The Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, internationally known, performs a new version of Les Flammes de Paris, directed by Alexei Ratmansky. This performance at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, one of the most presitigious stages in Russia, has been captured live in high definition for audiences around the world. Les Flammes de Paris was first presented by Vassili Vaynonen at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1933. Each of the projects of the Bolshoi Ballet has its very own character. Les Flammes de Paris is one of its most interesting and most unusual ballets. Indeed, this ballet does not belong to the classical ballet repertoire or the masterpieces of the Soviet period.

Les Flammes de Paris was presented on the eve of the anniversary of the October Revolution. The ballet takes place during the great French Revolution and its main character is the revolutionary people.

Les Flammes de Paris was staged for the first time in 1932 and won the Stalin prize fifteen years later. This ballet is also very famous for its impressive finale: all of the participants march towards the stalls aiming their numerous weapons at them. Les Flammes de Paris, removed from the stage after 1964, is revived here by Alexei Ratmansky. As there was almost nothing of Vassili Vaynonen's original choreography left, Ratmansky has completely reinvented it and created an entirely new dance performance.

Despite all of the transformations made on the libretto, the ballet does not lose anything of its original dynamism. The dances of the revolutionary people are so ardent that the assault of the castle of Versailles and the incredible finale fire seem to be a logical conclusion. The young lives dramatically crushed by the revolution are mixed with the triumph of the insurgents.

The Bolshoi Theatre (in Russian : Большой Театр, “Great Theatre”) is one of the most prestigious stage of Russia. The Bolshoi ballet company is composed of Nina Ananiashvili, Nadezhda Gracheva, Galina Stepanenko, Inna Petrova, Svetlana Lunkina, Maria Alexandrova, Anna Antonicheva, Andrey Uvarov, Sergey Filin, Yuri Klevtsov, Dmitry Belogolovstev, Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Konstanin Ivanov and Dmitry Gudanov.

Showing at Hayden Orpheum Cremorne in July-August: Premiere event: July 22 One-week season: July 29 - August 4th

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