Posted 18 May 2003 - 12:03 PM
Posted 18 May 2003 - 12:40 PM
One of Kenneth MacMillan's best-known and much-loved works, this version of Abbé Prévost's Manon Lescaut was created in 1974 to the music of Jules Massenet. The young Manon is attracted by the love of the student Des Grieux but cannot resist the temptations of wealth, and leaves him to become a courtesan to Monsieur G.M. In an unsuccessful attempt to win back the money Manon demands for her return, Des Grieux antagonizes Monsieur G.M. who exacts his revenge by having Manon deported to New Orleans as a prostitute, where further humiliation awaits her at the hands of the lecherous Gaoler. Saved by Des Grieux, in delirium she relives the folly of her life before dying in the arms of her ever-devoted lover. Set against Nicholas Georgiadis's sumptuous Regency designs, it is a work of engrossing narrative and touching sadness that soars to romantic heights before plunging to its climax of despair and death.
So you can see, this is a dramatic ballet, and it's known for its passionate pas de deux.
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Posted 18 May 2003 - 02:20 PM
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