A copy of La Dame aux Camellias by Alexandre Dumas, fils, was among the objects displayed at the Splendour and Misery. Pictures of Prostitution, 1850-1910 exhibition held at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The exhibition was designed by the opera director Robert Carsen. In the rooms lined with expensive fabrics – such as had lined courtesans’ boudoirs – one could admire, for instance, a ‘pleasure chair’ constructed for Queen Victoria’s son, or Henri Gervex’s naked Rolla spread out on her bed. Tarts, demi mondaines, grandes horizontals of the second half of the nineteenth century inspired the artists – they embodied the dream of freedom, as well as its price. As Kees van Dongen said, ‘they knew life in all its expressions.’ The Lady of the Camellias is one of John Neumeier’s most famous ballets. It was Neumeier who associated the romantic love of Marguerite and Armand with the musical quintessence of Romanticism: the music of Fryderyk Chopin.
Warsaw/Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera: Polish National Ballet “The Lady of the Camellias” – chor. John Neumeier
29 October 2020 | 19:00 | Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera | Warsaw