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Sedona Film Festival hosts Ballet in Cinema: ‘Manon’ June 24

Royal Ballet production from London debuts on the big screen at Fisher Theatre

A firm favorite in The Royal Ballet repertory, Kenneth MacMillan’s tragic and romantic ballet “Manon” depicts the powerful and obsessive love between Des Grieux and Manon.

A firm favorite in The Royal Ballet repertory, Kenneth MacMillan’s tragic and romantic ballet “Manon” depicts the powerful and obsessive love between Des Grieux and Manon.


Originally Published: June 18, 2018 9:21 a.m.

The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema on Sunday, June 24 when it hosts the big screen premiere of “Manon” from the Royal Ballet in London.

There will be one show at 4 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

Kenneth MacMillan’s tragic and romantic ballet “Manon” will be broadcast to cinemas around the world. The principal dancers include Sarah Lamb, Vadim Muntagirov, Ryoichi Hirano and Gary Avis.

A firm favorite in The Royal Ballet repertory, “Manon” depicts the powerful and obsessive love between Des Grieux and Manon.

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 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 in Des Grieux’s arms in the Louisiana wilderness.

“Manon” was choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, who took inspiration from the bestselling novel by the 18th-century writer Abbé Prévost. MacMillan perfectly captures Manon’s conflict between her love for Des Grieux and her need for luxury, and uses the whole Company to create a complex portrait of Parisian high life and the squalor of a New Orleans penal colony. The ballet’s score is made up of music by Massenet, including his famous “Elégie” as the theme for the lovers.

“Manon” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre one day only: Sunday, June 24 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.