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'Flames of Paris' blazes anew with Mikhailovsky Ballet at Segerstrom

'Flames of Paris' blazes anew with Mikhailovsky Ballet at Segerstrom

NEW YORK — The Parisian mobs are restless, and the nascent République française is about to rise. But not before copious blood lust, patriotic pirouetting, boldly mimed declarations of freedom, 1 percenters fleeing the palace, the strains of La Marseillaise and grand jetés of triumph flood the stage.

"The Flames of Paris," a Soviet-era piece notable for its ballet pyrotechnics, tricolor fervor and unapologetically sensational salvos against repression, was a beloved yet until recently nearly lost staple of Russian ballet repertoire.

The St. Petersburg-based Mikhailovsky Ballet and Orchestra will present the West...

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