The Flames of Paris directed by Vincent Bataillon (Russia, 2010, 98 min.). Dancers defy gravity in Alexei Ratmansky’s dynamic reimagining of the classic Soviet ballet. Created in 1932 for the 15th anniversary of the October Revolution, the libretto was adapted from a book by Provençal author Félix Gras and a score by Boris Asafyev based on popular songs of the French Revolution. Ivan Vassiliev and Natalia Osipova are Philippe and Jeanne, two young lovers during the French Revolution. The boldly graphic sets and costumes channel French popular prints, and Ratmansky’s expressive choreography is executed by Vassiliev and Osipova in a tour de force performance.
Q&A with Katerina Navikova of the Bolshoi Ballet and Anna Winestein of the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative follows the screening. Presented in partnership with Ballets Russes Arts Initiative and Bel Air Media.