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.
News and features
30 July 2013
A spotlight on releases from one of the world's premiere ballet companies, available in the ROH Shop.
29 July 2013
A look back at the history of Moscow’s great ballet company and its relationship with Covent Garden.
4 March 2013
With the choreographer staging his first work with The Royal Ballet, a look at some of his career highlights so far.
28 January 2013
The Moscow-based company brings a mix of classics and new work.
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).