The Flames of Paris [VOD]


The Flames of Paris

The Flames of Paris belongs to the pearls of the pure classics of classical dance.

Produced in the 30’s of the last century The Flames of Paris on a music by Boris Asafiev was presented on the eve of the anniversary of the October Revolution, and later continued to be included in the ranks of works which were always brought out for an airing on anniversaries of this sort. And this is hardly surprising, The Flames of Paris is about the conflagration of the great French Revolution. And it had a new ‘hero’ type which, up to then, had not been encountered in ballet – one of its main characters was the populace, revolutionary in mood and ready for action.

The choreographer Alexei Ratmanky has attempted to make maximum use of the preserved fragments of Vasily Vainonen in his new ballet.

The most talented soloists of the Bolshoi Ballet appear in this production as Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev or Denis Savin and Anna Antonicheva. 

The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra is conducted by Pavel Sorokin.


The Flames of Paris [VOD]

Ballet in two acts

Music : Boris Asafiev (1884-1949)

Libretto : A. Belinsky & A. Ratmansky
after the original libretto by N. Volkov & V. Dmitriev

Jeanne, daughter of Gaspard and Lucille Natalia Osipova
Jerome, his brother Denis Savin
Philippe, a Marseillais Ivan Vasiliev
Le Marquis Costa de Beauregard Yuri Klevtsov
Adeline, his daughter Nina Kaptsova
Mireille de Poitiers, an actress Anna Antonicheva
Antoine Mistral, an actor Ruslan Skvortsov

Solistes et Corps de Ballet du Théâtre du Bolchoï

Orchestre du Théâtre du Bolchoï

Conductor : Pavel Sorokin

Choreography : Alexei Ratmansky
(original choreography by Vasily Vaynonen)

Scenography : Ilya Utkin & Evgeny Monakhov
Costumes : Yelena Markovskaya
Lighting design : Damir Ismagilov
Music dramaturgy conception : Yuri Burlaka

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Press review

The Bolshoi Ballet : The Return of Grandeur – The Next Great Vasiliev.
‘’Among the dancers on board for this tour will be Ivan Vasiliev, who is something of a throwback to the old days of spectacularly heroic Bolshoi men.’’ – Dance Magazine