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The Flames of Paris

Alexei Ratmansky’s revival of a revolutionary ballet by Vasily Vainonen is given its UK premiere by the celebrated Bolshoi Ballet.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of The Flames of Paris. It was last on stage 16–17 August 2013.


The Bolshoi Ballet presents the first UK performance of Alexei Ratmansky’s revival of a classic ballet by Vasily Vainonen. The Flames of Paris depicts the tumultuous era of the French Revolution and contains one of the most stunning pas de deux in the whole of the ballet repertory. The work was first performed in Leningrad in 1932 and features a powerfully evocative score by Boris Asafiev.

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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.