World’s greatest ballet company

Opera House to present the Bolshoi Ballet’s ‘The Flames of Paris’

Submitted Photo The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present “The Flames of Paris” this Saturday.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present one of the world’s greatest ballet companies — the Bolshoi Ballet — performing “The Flames of Paris” this Saturday, March 24, at 1 p.m. It will be presented in high definition, captured live via satellite from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

“The Flames of Paris” is the story of Jeanne and her brother, Jerome, who, in the era of the French revolution, leave Marseille for Paris in support of the revolutionary effort that is taking over the capital. While fighting for freedom, they both encounter love along the way.

Very few ballets can properly depict the Bolshoi’s overflowing energy and fiery passion as can Alexei Ratmansky’s captivating revival of Vasily Vainonen’s “The Flames of Paris.”

This production was revived by Ratmansky, the Bolshoi’s former artistic director and one of today’s most in-demand choreographers, who reconstructed the ballet as close to the 1930s original, exclusively for the Bolshoi Theatre in 2008. This production has since brought audiences rapturous performances with critics raving, “the Bolshoi are in blistering form in ‘The Flames of Paris,'” (The Telegraph) and the “life- and art-enhancing” production “brings out the best in the Bolshoi” (The Guardian).

With powerful virtuosity and some of the most stunning pas de deux, the Bolshoi Ballet displays an exuberance almost too enormous for the Moscow stage.

Individual tickets to “The Flames of Paris” are $15, ($10 students). A special live in HD series flexible subscription of eight tickets that can be used however you want — one at a time to eight different HD Series events, all at once for eight people, or anything in between — is $116. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at

This presentation is made possible with support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County and the Arts Services Initiative’s Give for Greatness Program.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit