The Lady of the camellias by Alexandre Dumas in 1848 appeared as the younger, was the theme for the time Ballet uninteresting: this story of a courtesan whose real name was too realistic, Europe knew their lovers just Dumas himself and Franz Liszt had heard. You wanted dancing See fairies on the stage. Only from the middle of the 20th century, the choreographer discovered the poetic potential the consumptives courtesan. John Neumeier uses only music by Frédéric in its version Chopin and made from a fabric a romantic melancholy fever dream.
The courtesan Marguerite Gautier died of tuberculosis. Meets at the auction of her estate Armand Duval at his father. Both remember Marguerite: Armand had in the Opera at a Performance of Manon Lescaut passionately in the courtesan in love and with his love in her hope on Healing of the tuberculosis brought, but Armands father could not tolerate the connection. He was looking for Marguerite at, kept her in mind, that no decent man would marry more Armands sister, if he live with a courtesan. Unknown to her girl's sake Marguerite renounced their love and how she knew - their lives. Because when she Armand left and returned in the Parisian Demimonde, came also the disease again. Not fulfilled her wish to see Armand, again before her death. Marguerites Sissy Amy Armand passes a diary at the auction. Shaken Armand of Marguerites reads last Days, their longing and their lonely deaths.
In Dumas' text, Armand Marguerite gives the Roman Manon Lescaux. Neumeier added therefore his ballet through the Marguerite appear figures Manon Lescaut and des Grieux, again and again. In them you will be Reflects thoughts, doubts and dreams of Marguerite and Armand. The Ballet ends with one of Marguerite "Pas de trois", in which she so strongly identifies with the lovers, fantasized that they no longer can distinguish Armand or it is des Grieux, is Marguerite or it is Manon. The abandonment and loneliness of Manon and des Grieux accompany them in their death.