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Tonight was the Royal Winnipeg Ballet world premiere of the new ballet Moulin Rouge. It was darned good for a ballet with a (let's be honest) cliched plot. The female lead was choreographed as much more innocent than Nicole Kidman's jaded version in the movie. Not as great as Eifman Ballet, but they're on a whole different level.

The costumes were great, and the music was generally recognizable but not intrusive. For example, the 1st act ended with a pas de deux to Clair de Lune and the dance numbers kept teasing with the can-can song I fully expected to hear, then finally used it to great effect.

I'm not sure I could expect anyone else to take me up on it, but I'd be much happier to see this every few years rather than the Nutcracker, Giselle or Coppelia again and again.

I have to admit I missed why the cast list included 'Green Fairies' until Toulouse Latrec appeared with a bottle of absinthe.
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