Ballet by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, after the novel Manon Lescaut by Abbe Prevost. Music by Jules Massenet. Australian Ballet. Guest Repititeurs: Patricia Ruanne and Mark Kay. Music Director & Chief Conductor: Nicolette Frailion. With the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane. 21 February - 1 March, 2014
In the twenty years since the Australian Ballet danced Manon in Brisbane the company has gone from strength to strength, evidenced by the talent on display in this remounting of one of the most popular ballets in their repertoire.
The story of the virginal Manon who becomes a courtesan in 17th Century France has enough drama and passion to fill any Mills and Boon novel, and with its debauchery, fetishism, and hints of incest, it could almost be accused of melodrama overkill.