Jan 10, 2013 1:56 PM by Press Release

PASA presents Moulin Rouge

Glamour, decadence, brilliance, obsession - Paris is a city of resounding contradictions at the turn of the century. And no place epitomizes those contradictions quite as magnificently as the Moulin Rouge cabaret, where love and destiny collide with greed and dangerous addictions.

Canada's internationally-acclaimed Royal Winnipeg Ballet will bring the passion and drama of Paris and its Moulin Rouge cabaret to Lafayette on January 23, 2013, when the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana presents Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet on the stage of the Heymann Performing Arts Center. "PASA is truly honored that the Royal Winnipeg Ballet has chosen our stage to present this stunning performance," PASA Executive Director Vicki Chrisman says. "It will delight ballet lovers of all ages, and make ballet fans out of those who think they don't like ballet."

Moulin Rouge® -- The Ballet has been seen by nearly 60,000 people on its current North American tour. Its high-kicking Can-can choreography is accompanied by a thrilling soundtrack featuring composers such as Debussy, Massenet, Lehar, Shostakovich and many more. And, of course, no depiction of the Moulin Rouge would be complete without Jacques Offenbach's rousing original "Can-can" music that's recognized the world over.

Set in the infamous red-light district of Pigalle in Paris, the story of lovers Nathalie and Matthew is one of hope, ambition, and passion in the face of crushing hardships. Their story is filled with characters as diverse as the great artist Toulouse-Lautrec with his absinthe addiction to the poorest inhabitants of the mean streets of Paris who struggle for ways to escape their plight, to the dancing girls of the Moulin Rouge, the outrageous Diamond Dogs.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet brings all these characters brilliantly to life under the direction of Choreographer Jorden Morris. After retiring from the stage as a principal dancer, Morris studied early French choreography and premiered his first work The Three Musketeers in 1999. He was commissioned by Royal Winnipeg Ballet Artistic Director André Lewis to choreograph works for the visit of Queen Elizabeth, and in 2006, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet presented the world premiere of his classical ballet Peter Pan. Jorden's latest creation, Moulin Rouge® -- The Ballet, is now the company's biggest box office success to date.

Jorden's singular choreography is matched by the stunning costumes designed by Anne Armit along with Shannon Lovelace. Armit's extensive list of credits includes being chosen by choreographic legend Twyla Tharp to coordinate the costumes for her 2011/2012 work Twyla Tharp's The Princess and the Goblin, a co-production between the Atlanta Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet itself has a long and stellar history. Founded in1939, it holds the double distinction of being Canada's premier ballet company as well as the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America. In 1953, the Company received its royal title, the first granted under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and through the years, the Company has garnered countless accolades and awards for its artistic excellence and its success in balancing the classical ballet traditions of Europe with the boldness of contemporary ballet.

"Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet is the type of world-renowned entertainment that PASA is delighted to be able to bring to Lafayette," Chrisman says, "and the fact that they've chosen Lafayette demonstrates that they in turn are delighted to play to our audiences here."

To purchase tickets online for Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet, or for more information about the 2012-2013 PASA season, visit or call the PASA office at (337) 237-2787.

This PASA presentation is made possible, in part, through generous support from Atmos Energy and Lamar Advertising.

Founded in 1988, The Performing Arts Society of Acadiana is a non-profit organization that presents live entertainment at the Heymann Performing Arts Center and the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette. Its mission is to educate, inspire, entertain, and culturally enrich the people of south Louisiana by providing local access to a diverse range of the performing arts.



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