26 April 2018 at 11.17am | 10 Comments
The Royal Ballet's production of Kenneth MacMillan's modern masterpiece Manon will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 3 May 2018.
Manon showcases ballet at its most darkly dramatic and is one of the Company's showpiece works.
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Based on a once-banned novel, Manon tells the story of a young girl who loves romance almost as much as she loves diamonds. When she falls in love with a handsome student, the two elope to Paris. There she meets a wealthy gentleman who offers her a life of luxury as his mistress, with tragic consequences.
The choreography and cast
Kenneth MacMillan was a choreographer renowned for his dark, dramatic and deeply psychological works. While his crowd scenes are eye-popping in their attention to detail, it is the choreographer's passionate and athletic duets (pas de deux) that are his hallmark.
Manon draws on works by French Romantic composer Jules Massenet and saw MacMillan and original conductor Leighton Lucas sift through the composer's overtures, music for plays, operas, oratorios and original ballet music to create a new score.
Lush and orchestral, the score contains some of ballet's most moving and beautiful music.
Nicholas Georgiadis' designs reflect a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. They are particularly striking when elevating MacMillan's spectacular ensemble scenes, with sets evoking Paris and New Orleans offering particular highlights.
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