Dance Film Sundays Presents: Bolshoi Ballet in John Neumeier’s Emotion Packed “Lady of the Camellias”

Dance Film Sundays Presents: Bolshoi Ballet in John Neumeier’s Emotion Packed “Lady of the Camellias”

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

3:00 pm | $12/$10 members/$6 children

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A tragic story of  life in the Nineteenth Century Parisian demi-monde, captured by Alexandre Dumas’ tragic novel, is re-imagined in an acclaimed production directed and choreographed by John Neumeier for the Bolshoi Ballet in “The Lady of the Camellias” captured on HD.   An assemblage of Chopin’s nocturnes and sonatas, the score is emotionally driving and tender and the production is a masterful choreographic examination of the human psyche with themes of forbidden love, heart-break, and death all in three acts and a prologue.  Running time 3 hours and 5 minutes.  Ukrainian dancer Edvin Revazov (a guest artist from Hamburg Ballet) portrays Armand Duval, a young man from the bourgeois class, who has fallen madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, danced by Svetlana Zakharova, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by Parisian high society and nick-named the Lady of the Camellias because she wears a white camellia when she is available to her lover(s) and a red one when her delicate condition precludes making love. As a way of showing the sordid side of the demi-monde Neumeier weaves the story-within-a story of “Manon Lescaut,” danced by Anna Tikhomirova as Manon and Semyon Chudin as Des Grieux. John Neumeier, born in Wisconsin in 1942, has made his career largely outside of the United States first as a dancer and house choreographer for the Stuttgart Ballet, then as Director of Ballett Frankfurt, where he soon caused a sensation due to his new interpretations of such well-known ballets as The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. In 1973, he joined The Hamburg Ballet as Director and Chief Choreographer and, under his direction, The Hamburg Ballet became one of the leading ballet companies in Germany.  His ballets are in the repertoire of ballet companies world-wide.
Dance Film Sundays, a series which started in June 2010 under the auspices of the Rosendale Theatre Collective, are held on the 2nd Sunday of every month at Rosendale Theatre.