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The Flames of Paris

5–6 August 2016
Main Stage

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

When to see it


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.

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On Wikipedia

Flames of Paris (original Russian title Plamya Parizha) is a classical ballet with music by musicologist and composer Boris Asafyev based on songs of the French Revolution, and originally choreographed by Vasily Vainonen, with design by Vladimir Dmitriev. The four-act ballet is based on a book by Felix Gras. Authors of the libretto were Nicolai Volkov and Vladimir Dmitriev. It was premiered at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad on 7 November, 1932, with Natalia Dudinskaya as Mireille de Poitiers, Vakhtang Chabukiani as Jerome, Olga Jordan as Jeanne, Nina Anisimova as Therese, and Konstantin Sergeyev as Mistral. The conductor was Yuri Fayer. Other productions included the one premiered on 6 July 1933 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, with Aleksey Yermolayev (Jerome), Anastasia Abramova (Jeanne), Nadezhda Kapustina (Therese) 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 (Bel Air Classiques).

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