Manon

Release date
Location
Palais Garnier
Duration
2:40
Interval
1
Ballet
Kenneth MacMillan
Music
Jules Massenet
Musical direction
Fayçal Karoui

Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet 

Manon
Photo credit
© Julien Benhamou/OnP

Main informations

Aurélie Dupont farewell evening to Paris Opera.
Inspired by L'Abbé Prévost’s legendary heroes, Kenneth MacMillan expresses his fascination for offbeat characters and dramatic subjects. The choreographer faithfully follows the novel’s plot and reconstructs the tragic story of the sensual yet naïve creature who is more victim than architect of her own fate.

In Regency Paris, bourgeois society gorges itself on luxury and easy pleasures. Carried off in this whirlwind, Manon is unable to resist temptation and she drags down the faithful Des Grieux with her in her fall. The choreographer constructs his ballet on a mosaic of extracts from Massenet finding in the music all the drama, freshness and romanticism necessary for this grand fresco in dance. The crowd and ball scenes follow on from spirited pas de deux right up to the ballet’s sublime yet tragic conclusion.

Manon
Artistic team

Ballet in three acts by Kenneth MacMillan
After the novel by L’Abbé Prévost

Music / Jules Massenet
Arrangements and orchestration / Martin Yates

Conductor / Martin Yates 
Paris Opera Orchestra

Cast

Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera

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