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Moulin Rouge® ballet tells classic tale of love at cabaret
You can find out what happens when Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Yardley Hall as part of the Performing Arts Series at Johnson County Community College.OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The story is set in Paris during the late 19th century when the city exuded exquisite contradictions. Pomp and excess ran hand in hand with poverty and hardship and the heady elixir of personal freedom bred lifestyles that were often reckless and addictive. Matthew and Nathalie, who were drawn to Paris by the city's passion, tempt the fates as they seek love and destiny in the infamous cabaret called The Moulin Rouge.
Tickets, which are $46 and $37, are available through the college box office at 913-469-4445 or online at www.jccc.edu/TheSeries.
The box office sensation features high-kicking choreography and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak. It has been seen by close to 60,000 people across North America.
A member of the ballet company will provide a pre-show talk at 6 p.m.
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet was founded in 1939 by Gweneth Lloyd and Betty Farrally. It holds the double distinction of being Canada's premier ballet company and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America.
Today, the company spends 15 or more weeks a year on the road performing. It has 24 dancers, a production crew of seven and a semi-trailer that carries about 55,000 pounds of equipment.
Moulin Rouge was the creation of choreographer Jorden Morris. It had its world premiere in October 2009. It is now the company's biggest box office success to date.
The Moulin Rouge is an actual nightclub in Paris that dates back to the late 19th century. The club featured women performing scandalous dances such as the can-can and was made famous by the paintings of artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
It remains a popular tourist attraction today, where visitors can step back in time and enjoy dinner and a show.