John Neumeier adapted his ballet LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS from novelist Alexandre Dumas's work of the same title (the same book that reportedly inspired Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA and Baz Luhrmann's 2001 film MOULIN ROUGE), making fervent use of the music of Frederic Chopin. The work tells of a couple who meet while attending a performance of MANON LESCAUT and then enjoy a series of adventures together in and around Paris. The Paris Opera Ballet mounted this particular production in 2008; it stars Agnes Letestu as Marguerite Gautier, Stephane Bullion as Armand Duval, and Michael Denard as Monsieur Duval. The Paris Opera Ballet and Orchestra lend added support under the musical direction of Michael Schmidtsdorff.
Based on the Alexandre Dumas novel that also inspired the stories of Verdi's La Traviata and Hollywood's Moulin Rouge, John Neumeier creates a riveting dance drama around the famous woman of lore, La Dame aux camélias. The passionate tale of Marguerite Gautier and Armand Duval unfolds ingeniously through a drama-within-a-drama as they meet at the theatre during a performance of Manon Lescaut. So begin their romantic adventures in Paris, brought to life by Neumeier's intense and refined choreographic language. Chopin's ravishing music highlights this exceptional neo-classical ballet, featuring the star dancers of the Paris Opéra Ballet. This lavish production, filmed live at the Palais Garnier in High Definition and full surround sound, is all about love, passion, danger and glorious dancing from one of the best ballet companies in the world.
Based On A Novel |
Classical Music |