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Sunday, February 7


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A review of the Hungarian National Ballet in "The Flames of Paris" by Jenifer Sarver for Bachtrack.


The Hungarian National Ballet dances Michael Messerer’s updated (slightly shortened) version of the Vainonen classic. Staying close to the original production, which both Messerer’s parents starred in at the Bolshoi in the 1930s, it eliminates the changes that appear in Alexei Ratmansky's version created for the Bolshoi in 2008, focusing instead on the grandeur, pageantry and technical virtuosity that is such an exciting part of this genre. Few in the ballet world are unfamiliar with the pas de deux danced in the final scene by Jeanne and Philippe, danced here by Tatiana Melnik and Gergely Leblanc; joyful Marseillais revolutionaries who celebrate the taking of the Tuileries Palace with a bravado pas de deux that appears to decline the adagio portion of the grand pas de deux both because it is too aristocratic for their tastes, and because they are simply having too much fun showing off for their friends to slow down!


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