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Magnificent! ‘Moulin Rouge – The Ballet’

2016 February 6
by Susan Asher

Atlanta Ballet puts on a spellbinding production of “Moulin Rouge-The Ballet,” a story of love, betrayal and loss at the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris. The dancers manage to act without words but with behaviors and movements that are heartfelt without ever being over the top. The ballet tells the love story of Matthew, an aspiring painter who comes to Paris to seek his fortune, and Nathalie, a poor,  young woman who gets chosen to become a dancer at the Moulin Rouge. Jealousy and rivalry ensue with the other Moulin Rouge dancers try to push and shove Nathalie out of the limelight and when the club’s owner wants Nathalie to leave Matthew for himself.

Atlanta Ballet presents a brilliant performance with romantic Paris settings and beautiful costumes. Originally commissioned and first produced by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 2009, choreography by Jorden Morris,  Atlanta Ballet’s  production of “Moulin Rouge – The Ballet” runs through Feb. 13 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

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