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KENNETH MACMILLAN’S POWERFUL TELLING OF MANON  AND DES GRIEUX’S TRAGIC LOVE IS A MASTERPIECE OF MODERN BALLET,  SET TO MUSIC BY MASSENET

Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but  when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist. With  the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune. They are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion. Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974,  with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet  quickly became a staple of The Royal  Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of  adult, dramatic dance. MacMillan found new sympathy with  the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo  and Juliet – that drive this tragic story,  and make Manon one of MacMillan’s  most powerful dramas.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 35 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS
 

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Nebula Micro Theatre
11 Sarel Cilliers Street
Rynfield
Benoni
South Africa
1514

Starts:
Sun 03 Jun 2018 at 2:00 PM (SAST)
Ends:
Sun 03 Jun 2018 at 4:25 PM (SAST)

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