Ross Halford

Feet of Fire: Flames of Paris at the Royal Opera House

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If you’re like me, then you too just can’t get your head around the absolute athleticism and astounding abilities of ballet dancing. But at the same time, if you’re still with me, cannot help but stare in awe at the wonderful performances of these artists.


Tomorrow, 16 August 2013, the Royal Opera House, located near the vibrantly calm Covent Garden, London, will be housing the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Company for two days only. A total of three performances (Friday evening, Saturday matinee and evening) will be held of the famous ballet, ‘The Flames of Paris’.


‘The Flames of Paris’ was first portrayed in 1932 and is centred on the French Revolution, in particular characters from Felix Gras’ book, ‘Les Marceliers’. Alexei Ratmansky is the choreographer for this production, a man who has become a huge success and muse within the ballet world. He has restaging classical ballets, most noted of which being, ‘Cinderella’ in a three-act story, this is without mentioning the famous ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘Anna Karenina’, to name but a few. Couple that with composer Boris Asafyev, and conductor Pavel Sorokin, a man who conducted works such as ‘Macbeth’ and of course the famous ‘Swan Lake’, then you have the makings of a masterpiece to behold.



Now, back to us. Do you feel that sometimes ballet performances lack in the imagination of their scenery and overall feel? Yes, the dancing is the aspect that we should all be concentrating on, but if a show is a show, then I’m afraid, in this day and age we need more to concentrate on don’t we? This show fits that bill perfectly.


The wonderfully designed costumes launch you into the Revolution era straight away and don’t detract from the Olympians that are the dancers, but more they add to it. With the huge stage they have held nothing back, the grandiose sense of the revolution gives it almost a Roman Empire feel, two themes that are perhaps very similar, even though centuries apart?
We also have the elegant David Hallberg as a leading dancer, and the alluring Natalia Osipova as the Prima Ballerina, who have been known to deliver nothing short of perfect performances in everything they take to.


This is not a performance to be missed, the ever rising popularity of ballet will make you kick yourself (like a ballet dancer) if you miss out on this one. It starts tomorrow, 16 August 2013, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Follow the link for more information, and let me know what you think. You can also keep up to date on the Royal Opera House’s upcoming shows on their twitter, facebook, and YouTube.

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