BalletL'Histoire de Manon
Inspired by L’Abbé Prévost’s legendary heroes, Kenneth MacMillan expresses his fascination for lost characters and dramatic subjects. The choreographer stays faithful to the novel’s plot and reconstructs the tragic story of the sensual yet naïve creature who is more victim than demiurge of her own fate. In Regency Paris, bourgeois society gorges itself on luxury and easy pleasures. Swept by this swirl, Manon can’t resist the temptations, dragging down with her her faithful lover Des Grieux. The choreographer structures his ballet on a mosaic of extracts by Massenet, choosing a music that brings drama, freshness and romance necessary to this great dance fresco. The crowd and ball scenes are followed by intimate, lively pas de deux, right up to the ballet’s sublime and tragic end.
This recording was made during the farewell to the stage of the Dancer Etoile Aurélie Dupont.
Avec les Etoiles, les Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris
Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris
A co-production of the Paris Opera, La Belle Télé and Mezzo
With the participation of France Télévisions and the support of the Orange Foundation, patron of the Paris Opera's audiovisual broadcasts, and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée
Director: Cédric Klapisch
Co-director: Miguel Octave
© Opéra national de Paris – La Belle Télé – Mezzo - 2015
Visuel ©Anne Deniau / OnP
John B. Read