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The Flames of Paris

Alexei Ratmansky’s celebrated revival of Vasily Vainonen’s revolutionary ballet, danced by the Bolshoi.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of The Flames of Paris. It was last on stage 5–6 August 2016 as part of the Summer 2015/16 season.

Background

Alexei Ratmansky’s captivating revival of Vasily Vainonen’s The Flames of Paris has found fantastic success with audiences around the world – nowhere more so than at its London premiere in 2013. Set to Boris Asafiev’s powerfully evocative music, the ballet contains one of the most stunning pas de deux in the ballet repertory. A drama of intrigue, love and tragedy unfolds against the background of the tumultuous era of the French Revolution.

News and features

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On Wikipedia

Natalia Osipova in an extract from Flames of Paris, at the reopening gala of the Bolshoi Theatre, 2011

Flames of Paris (Russian: Пла́мя Пари́жа) is a full-length ballet in four acts, choreographed by Vasily Vainonen to music by Boris Asafyev based on songs of the French Revolution. The libretto by Nicolai Volkov and Vladimir Dmitriev was adapted from a book by Felix Gras. It was premiered at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad on 7 November 1932, with Natalia Dudinskaya as Mireille de Poitiers, Vakhtang Chabukiani as Jérôme, Olga Jordan as Jeanne, Nina Anisimova as Thérèse, and Konstantin Sergeyev as Mistral. The conductor was Yuri Fayer. The Bolshoi Ballet premiered the full work on 6 July 1933 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, with Aleksey Yermolayev (Jérôme), Anastasia Abramova (Jeanne), Nadezhda Kapustina (Thérèse) and Marina Semenova (Mireille de Poitiers). The original production and choreography was reconstructed in 2008 by Alexei Ratmansky for the Bolshoi Ballet and is available on DVD with Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova.

Abstract taken from the Wikipedia article Flames of Paris, available under a Creative Commons license.