by Kenneth MacMillan
REDUCED OF “A. TOSCANINI “
Between purity and deception, a destiny for women.
To seal the 2017-2018 Ballet Season, after the successes of the tour in China and before leaving for Australia, the Corps de Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala returns to scene at the Piermarini, from October 17th to November 2nd with L’histoire de Manon by Kenneth MacMillan, a classic but absolutely modern title in its theatricality, a meeting point between music, passion, interpretive truth and literary source. MacMillan gave new life in 1974 to the character created by Prévost in the eighteenth-century novel Histoire du Chevalier Des Grieux and de Manon Lescaut and became popular thanks to the melodrama, outlining the charm and the tragedy of the protagonist, drawing splendid male roles in an enthralling ballet on the piano dramatic, psychological and choreographic.
Four main characters. Manon is the beauty, the innocence in perdition, the amorality that allows her to deceive her lover lightly. He is terrified of one thing in the world: poverty. To love and to betray are not irreconcilable for Manon. It embodies a tragic destiny that however does not affect its soul: it will die in the arms of the one who loves it, the Knight Des Grieux, on The Assumption by La Vierge by Jules Massenet, dramatic celebration of the fate of a young woman, deported as prostitute, and nevertheless a vision of purity. Des Grieux is an honest young man who knows the rules of morality well, but will break them all for Manon, becoming a killer, losing himself for love. Lescaut, Manon’s brother, is a mirror of immorality, does not regret, is ready to sell his sister to those who are willing to pay more. Monsieur GM is the rich protector, for which Manon is a jewel to show, a merchandised object, used, which does not hesitate to deliver to justice when it is no longer a fruit of power to exhibit.
Among the masterpieces of the twentieth century narrative ballet, L’histoire de Manon , on Massenet’s musical pieces not taken from the opera Manon, offers the protagonists a wonderful opportunity: to find in the language of dance the expression of what leads to action between instinct and strategy, attraction and perfidy, innocence and dishonesty. A language that reveals the characters in a journey nurtured by leitmotifs of movement and music that will be the guiding thread of the meeting, a journey in the ballet from his debut at the Royal Ballet to the many shots, and his interpretations of past and present stars.
Francesca Pedroni has been involved in dance for over twenty-five years. Critics of the daily dance of the manifesto since 2002 and of the specialized magazine Danza & Danza since 1990, for the classic HD satellite channel (Sky, channel 136), he conceived in 2006 the series of documentaries “Danza in Scena”, of which he also directed the since 2011: over 60 productions dedicated to great artists including Carolyn Carlson, Pina Bausch, Roberto Bolle, Massimo Murru, Alessandra Ferri. For the cinema he wrote and directed (2016) the docufilm Roberto Bolle. The art of dance produced by Classica and Artedanza srl. She teaches history of ballet and dance at the Ballet School of the Teatro alla Scala Academy since 2000. She conducts ballet meetings for the Under30 subscribers of the Teatro alla Scala. Among his publications the monograph Alwin Nikolais for the Epos of Palermo and Birthday Album 1813 – 2013 The Dance School of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala (Tita, 2013). He edited the dvd series The masterpieces of dance , published by Classica HD and Corriere della Sera.