Bolshoi Ballet’s ‘The Flames of Paris’ at Orcas Center

  • Mon Feb 26th, 2018 12:05pm
  • Life

Bolshoi Ballet presents the captivating revival of Vasily Vainonen’s “The Flames of Paris.” Alexei Ratmansky’s old-new ballet about the French Revolution skillfully combines emotion and politics. Fathom Events will be screening this rich and brilliant production at the Orcas Center at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, from Moscow.

The “Flames of Paris” is an early example of that all-pervading official art that was to educate and indoctrinate the populace. The production is Ratmansky’s reworking of a Soviet classic from the 1930s. Boris Asafiev’s score is based on late-18th-century French music with choreography by Vainonen. Set during the French revolution, the plot is a farrago of noble peasants, gallant revolutionaries and wicked aristocrats. While maintaining the original ballet’s celebration of the people’s triumph, its naivety is countered by Ratmansky’s introduction of a tragic love story between courageous peasant boy Jerome and innocent, ill-fated aristocrat Adeline. Jeanne and her brother Jérôme leave Marseille for Paris in support the revolutionary effort that is taking over the capital. While fighting for freedom, they both encounter love along the way.

Alexei Ratmansky’s choreography depicts the Bolshoi’s overflowing energy, fiery passion and dominating power of their dancing. The ballet is packed with spectacular dancing, from folk dance to pure classicism and offers the panache and flamboyance, which are the Bolshoi’s trademarks.

Tickets are $20, $15 for students, $2 off for Orcas Center members and may be purchased at or by calling 376-2281 ext. 1 or visiting the Orcas Center box office. Subsidized tickets are available for $5.