Monday, 6 January 2014

Lost Illusions (ballet)

A "powerful, beautifully realised cautionary tale of desire and disillusionment" is the next offering from the Bolshoi Ballet to be screened at Eastbourne's Cineworld. The broadcast is due to run for 180 minutes, including an interval, and has a 12A certificate.

Based on Balzac's tale of ambition and thwarted love, Lost Illusions is a  new three-act ballet created for the Bolshoi in Moscow by world-renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. The original tale was a social satire and the ballet is a rich blend of old and new, with witty nods to ballet history and a moving score by Leonid Desyatniko.

In 19th century France, young provincial composer Lucien falls for a ballerina named Coralie, who becomes his muse. But as he conquers the Parisian scene, he is blinded by his success. Coralie's devious rival, Florine, lures away the increasingly rich and famous Lucien. But this has terrible consequences, shattering the dreams of both Lucien and Coralie.

Cineworld, Sun 2nd Feb, 15:00.
Tickets £17.90 adults, £14.20 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person from the foyer.

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