MOULIN ROUGE - The Ballet to Open in Cinemas Nationwide Next Month
SpectiCast and Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet will bring audiences the vibrant presentation of Moulin Rouge - The Ballet to cinema screens for the very first time. Inspired by the most famous cabaret in history, the Moulin Rouge has been the subject of many books, paintings, movies and musicals. Along with a rousing French soundtrack, the ballet features high-kicking choreography by Jorden Morris and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak.
Turn of the century Paris finds a city of exquisite contradiction. Amidst a time where extreme poverty and hardship, a heady elixir of personal freedom thrives throughout the city, breeding lifestyles both reckless and addictive. Drawn to Paris, a flame fuelled by the hearts of lovers and the souls of poets, Matthew and Nathalie tempt fate as they seek love and destiny at the infamous cabaret - The Moulin Rouge®.
Sharing his insights about the conception of Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet, famed choreographer Jorden Morris explains, "the story came from the idea that I wanted to explore two young people of very different backgrounds thrown together in the cauldron of Paris at the time. I took inspiration from several sources, John Huston's film, Jean Renoir's film, Pierre la Mure's book as well as the fashion, art and music of the era."
An $11 million dollar budget went into creating this revue, which includes more than 1000 costumes, 800 pairs of custom made shoes, dozens of handmade settings, a giant aquarium, five pythons, six dwarf horses, and much more. All of this comes together to form a magic matrix which also brings luck to the artists that make up the troupe of 80 dancers of 14 different nationalities.
Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet is directed by brothers Pierre & Francois Lamoureux of Cinemusica, the duo behind Grammy Award-winning concert film Zappa Plays Zappa and Emmy Award-winning Harry Connick Jr., In Concert - On Broadway.