The Flames of Paris opens Nov. 2!

Ballet in Cinema presents The Flames of Paris from the Bolshoi Ballet!

This presentation is the kick-off of Emerging Pictures’ Ballet in Cinema series, which will continue throughout the year with both live broadcasts and recordings of performances from the Bolshoi, the Paris Opera Ballet, Covent Garden and La Scala. (See complete schedule below.)

THE FLAMES OF PARIS portrays the French Revolution as told through two love stories, heinous acts perpetrated by the evil Marquis Costa de Beauregard, battalions of the Marseillais troops on the march to Paris, the appearance of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, the storming of their royal palace, The Tuilleries, and, of course, the swiftly descending knife of the guillotine.

This screening is a high-definition recording from a March 2010 performance of THE FLAMES OF PARIS at the world renowned Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow. The ballet was first performed in 1934 at the then Kirov Theatre, today’s Mariinsky Theatre, in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). THE FLAMES OF PARIS became one of Stalin’s favorite ballets, an art form not particularly favored by the Soviet leader. The ballet was originally presented on the eve of the anniversary of Russia’s October Revolution, the inception of the first Communist government. Given that THE FLAMES OF PARIS is about the conflagration of the French Revolution, it was not surprising that the ballet was a favorite of Stalin’s and was a perennial favorite at the celebrations that marked the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union’s start.

Music for the ballet is by Boris Vladimirovich Asafiev, a Russian and Soviet composer, writer, musicologist, musical critic and one of the founders of Soviet musicology. In addition to THE FLAMES OF PARIS, his compositions include other ballets, symphonies, concertos and chamber music.

THE FLAMES OF PARIS will be shown as a special event nationally in over 30 locations, starting on November 2nd.
Running Time is 92 minutes Stereo.

Cast & Artistic Team

Natalia Osipova
Denis Savin
Ivan Vasiliev
Yuri Klevtsov
Nina Kaptsova
Anna Antonicheva
Ruslan Skvortsov
Yuliana Malkhasyants
Vitaly Biktimirov
Gennadi Yanin
Olga Suvorova
Alexander Petukhov
Yevgenia Volochkova

Jeanne, daughter of Gaspard and Lucille
Jerome, her brother
Philippe, a Marseillais
The Marquis Costa de Beauregard
Adeline, his daughter
Mireille de Poitiers, an actress
Antoine Mistral, an actor
Jarcasse, an old woman
Gilbert, captain of the Marseillais
King Louis XVI
Queen Marie Antoinette
Gaspard, a peasant
Lucille, his wife

Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky, reconstructed from the original choregraphy by Vasily Vaynonen
Musical Direction: Pavel Sorokin
Scenic Design: Ilya Utkin, Evgeny Monakhov
Costume Design: Yelena Markovskaya
Music by Boris Asafiev

Ballet in Cinema 2010-2011 Season:

International symbol of Russian culture and traditions, the Bolshoi’s productions meet the highest international standards. With a wide repertoire ranging from national classics and worldwide masterpieces to grandiose new productions, the Bolshoi aims to place its classical heritage into the context of a modern Russian society and embrace new approaches to creative work as well as new technologies.

The Flames of Paris – Opens Nov. 1, 2010
A Soviet-era “revolutionary ballet” in a stunning new production. Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky. Music by Boris Asafiev.

The Nutcracker LIVE Sun. Dec 19, 2010, 11am EST
Performed primarily during the Christmas season, The Nutcracker is a fairy-tale based on a novelette by the same name, by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich.
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Class Concert & Giselle LIVE Sun. Jan 23, 2011, 11am EST
A quintessential romantic ballet, Giselle recounts the moving story of a peasant girl whose everlasting love transcends death. New choreographic version by Yuri Grigorovich. Music by Adolphe Adam.

Don Quixote LIVE Sun. March 6, 2011, 11am EST
A stunning production, based on the epic masterpiece by Miguel de Cervantes, originally created for the Bolshoi by Marius Petipa in 1869. Choreography by Alexei Fadeyechev. Music by Ludwig Minkus.

Coppelia LIVE Sun. May 29, 2011, 11am EST
In this joyous and witty version written by George Balanchine, a beautiful mechanical doll threatens the happiness of two lovers… Original choreography by Marius Petipa recreated by Sergei Vikharev. Music by Leo Delibes.


Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris’ repertoire is incredibly extensive, ranging from major romantic and classical ballets to creations by the most prestigious contemporary choreographers. With dancers of an average age of twenty-five years old, its corps de ballet is one of the youngest in the world and perform up to 180 performances per season in Paris, throughout France and abroad.

Caligula LIVE Tues. Feb 8, 2011, 1:30pm EST
Drawing inspiration from the story of the Roman emperor, Nicolas Le Riche explores the personality of a man in grips with megalomania. Choreography by Nicolas Le Riche. Music by Antonio Vivaldi.

Coppelia LIVE Mon. March 28, 2011, 1:30 pm EST
A variation on the theme of the doll that comes to life, this version – imbued with Hoffmannien fantasy – plays with doubles and illusions. Choreography by Patrice Bart. Music by Leo Delibes.

Children of Paradise LIVE Sat. July 9, 2011, 1:30pm EST
Inspired by Jacques Prévert’s scenario for Marcel Carné’s film, José Martinez brings to life 19th century Paris, revealing a magical and mysterious world. Choreography by José Martinez. Music by Marc-Olivier Dupin.


The resident ballet company of the Royal Opera House is the largest ballet company in Great Britain. Its expressive and moving productions are favorites among aficionados and beginners alike.

The Nutcracker Opens Dec. 1, 2010
Choreography by Peter Wright. Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Giselle LIVE Wed. Jan 19, 2011, 2:30pm EST
One of the greatest and most popular works of the dance canon and of The Royal Ballet’s repertory. Choreo. by Marius Petipa. Music by Adolph Adam.