16 October 2014 at 10.26pm | 4 Comments
The relay, presented by Darcey Bussell, featured a series of backstage films, including rehearsal footage and interviews with members of the cast and creative team.
If you missed the screening on the night, or just want to find out more about the ballet, here are the films again:
Members of the cast and creative team on the choreography and characters in Manon
‘There is a lot of slow movement but there is a lot of meaning in it,’ says Ricardo Cervera who plays Lescaut in the ballet. ‘You’re watching real art in motion, it’s not just choreography put to music, or music over choreography. It’s just completely married and very emotional to watch, as well as to perform.’
Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli introduce Act Three of Manon
‘Manon is lucky that she has got this incredible man next to her, who is until the end trying to make her understand what life is about. He’s forgiving and he’s trying to keep her alive,’ says Marianela.
‘It’s not acting anymore, it’s quite real. It’s the desperation of Des Grieux who is still hoping that they will find a way through and they can live happily together,’ says Federico.
Watch Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli rehearse the final act of Manon and talk about the journey of their characters through the ballet.
Darcey Bussell and Deborah MacMillan discuss Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon
‘The structure of the three acts is like a 19th-century ballet but it breaks new ground,’ says Deborah MacMillan - the choreographer's wife - of the premiere of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon in 1974. ‘He was dealing with flawed characters, human characters, not fairy tale characters. And that was tough at that time because ballet was still stuck in a classicism that wasn’t prepared to move forward.’
Watch former Royal Ballet Principal Darcey Bussell and Deborah MacMillan discuss the choregrapher’s career, creative process and ballet masterpiece Manon.
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