Bolshoi Ballet Live - Lost Illusions (12A)

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Release date

2nd February 2014

Running Time

180 minutes


Leonid Desyatnikov


Event Cinema

Alexei Ratmansky's stylised new adaptation of Balzac's tale of ambition and thwarted love. In 19th century France, young provincial composer Lucien falls for a ballerina named Coralie, who becomes his muse. But as he conquers the Parisian scene, he is blinded by his success. Coralie's devious rival, Florine, lures away the increasingly rich and famous Lucien. But this has terrible consequences, shattering the dreams of both Lucien and Coralie. This new three-act ballet was created for the Bolshoi in Moscow by world-renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, with dramaturgical advice by French actor, writer and director Guillaume Gallienne. Based on Honore de Balzac's social satire of the same title, it boasts a rich blend of old and new, with witty nods to ballet history and a moving, occasionally parodic score by Leonid Desyatnikov. At its core, however, this is a powerful, beautifully realised cautionary tale of desire and disillusionment.

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It's a rare opportunity to experience a major new work by the man who's been described as "the most gifted choreographer specialising in classical ballet today".

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