The opulence. The passion. The love.
RWB’s Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet has been seen by over 110,000 people across North America, eliciting cheers and ovations wherever it tours. Along with a rousing French-inspired soundtrack, the ballet features high-kicking choreography by Jorden Morris and a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak. Turn of the century Paris … a city of exquisite contradiction. The heady elixir of personal freedom bred lifestyles both reckless and addictive. Drawn to Paris by the city’s passion, a flame fuelled by the hearts of lovers and the souls of poets, Mathieu and Nathalie tempt fate as they seek love and destiny at the infamous cabaret. This vibrant cinematic presentation of RWB’s Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet is directed by brothers Pierre & François Lamoureux of Cinemusica.
As Paris awakes for another day, a lone musician makes his way through the streets. Toulouse-Lautrec is sketching as the city comes alive.
Mathieu, an aspiring young painter and newcomer to Paris, enters and is immediately robbed of his belongings by Gypsies. Nathalie, a beautiful launderette, is waiting on the arrival of the other launderettes when she sees Mathieu for the first time. The couple dance together and the spark of love ignites. Charles Zidler, the owner of the Moulin Rouge, enters with his investor Joseph Oller. The women dance for him, hoping to be taken from the streets to the spotlight! Nathalie appears disinterested, but she is exactly what Zidler is looking for, and he offers her a position with his “Diamonds” at the Moulin Rouge! As she says goodbye to her friends, she gives Mathieu a kiss and departs with Zidler and Oller. Toulouse enters and sees Mathieu sketching. Intrigued by this, he asks to see his work, and critiques it rather harshly. Mathieu is offended, and doesn’t realize he is facing the great Toulouse-Lautrec. Toulouse offers Mathieu a paint brush, and they set their easels aside a Portrait Model; the dueling paint-off scene begins.
Zidler brings Nathalie into a cold, dark, and somewhat frightening rehearsal space. Here, she is told to wait before a rehearsal of the famed dancers, and Zidler’s Diamonds begins. The light-footed La Sauterelle tries to intimidate the newcomer, and when reigning star La Goulue enters, she challenges Nathalie to a Cancan competition. Nathalie is victorious and wins not only Zidler’s approval, but also the coveted tower dressing room!
Now friends, Toulouse and Mathieu display their paintings in front of the Moulin Rouge, and Toulouse invites Mathieu to join him inside the cabaret. Seeing Mathieu is broke and underdressed, Toulouse brings in tailors who transform Mathieu into a gentleman in a tuxedo. After the first Moulin Rouge show, Nathalie sees Mathieu and the two of them re-kindle the spark from their initial meeting. They flee to be alone together. Zidler notices that Nathalie is gone, and in a jealous rage, closes the Moulin Rouge down and leaves to find her. As people leave the cabaret, Nathalie and Mathieu make their way to the bridge, aided by Toulouse who provides a distraction for Zidler. The couple dances a romantic pas de deux in the moonlight.
Toulouse is painting, enjoying his bottle of absinthe, and as the painting continues, a green vision appears. The seductive apparition dances with Toulouse and inspires him to finish the painting.
Meanwhile, Nathalie – happy and in love – prepares to meet Mathieu at the Tango Café. Zidler has now become obsessed with Nathalie and forbids her to go out. He tries to seduce Nathalie, and only Toulouse entering saves her. As Nathalie races out, Zidler follows her to the Tango Café.
At the smoky Tango Café, two Instructeurs de Tango perform their sultry moves amidst the crowded room. Toulouse Mathieu and Natalie enter, and Toulouse begs a lesson for the young couple. At the height of the dance, a furious Zidler enters. He threatens to kill Mathieu, so in an attempt to appease the tyrant, Nathalie agrees to leave with him.
Left heartbroken and confused, Mathieu drinks absinthe and is consoled by Toulouse. He encounters the ‘green fairies’ – apparitions brought on by the drink. After Mathieu wakes up, Toulouse concocts a plan for Mathieu to disguise himself as a waiter in the cabaret, and to reunite with Nathalie.
At the show that evening, Mathieu finds Nathalie, and they try to escape through the mayhem of the Cancan. Zidler discovers the two together and becomes enraged, stopping the show. He intends to kill Mathieu, but Nathalie is mortally wounded instead. Mathieu holds Nathalie as she takes her last breath.
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Pierre & François Lamoureux have won a Grammy, two Emmys, two JUNOs, two Geminis, and a multitude of industry and technical awards. The Lamoureux brothers have directed and/or produced concert films and music documentaries for Rush, The Who, Harry Connick, Jr., deadmau5, Zappa Plays Zappa, Pat Metheny, Joe Satriani, Peter Frampton, Willie Nelson, Judy Collins as well as Pete Townshend and the London Chamber Orchestra, l’Opéra de Montréal, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. They also directed Flamenco Hoy, a flamenco concert hailed as the Riverdance of flamenco and staged by Oscar-winning director Carlo Saura.
For more information: www.cinemusica.tv
Jorden Morris is a world-renowned choreographer with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and several companies in North America. Jorden’s popular works include The Three Musketeers, The Doorway and MOA. In December of 2006, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet presented the world premiere of Jorden’s full-length classical ballet Peter Pan, which played in sold out houses. Jorden’s latest creation, RWB's Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet had its world premiere in October 2009. Additional performances were added in Winnipeg and on tour due to box office demand.
RWB's Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet is now the company’s biggest box office success to date.
Gilles Paquin is the producer of RWB's Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet, and the president and CEO of Paquin Entertainment Group (PEG), which encompasses four divisions: artist management, talent agency, theatre & film and corporate services. Today, Gilles personally manages legendary icons Randy Bachman, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bachman & Turner and critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Del Barber. PEG is known as Canada’s premier entertainment and performing arts agency, representing a roster of international talents, such as Tegan & Sara, Serena Ryder, The Sheepdogs, Whitehorse and K’NAAN, along with ballet and theatrical companies. With offices in Winnipeg and Toronto, the company prides itself on the ability to provide artists and clients with a distinguished level of personal and professional services. As a producer of countless film and television productions, Gilles’s film credits include ballet spectacular Journey – A Mythical Dance Fantasy, Hide and Seek, The Clown at Midnight, Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life, and Bachman & Turner: Live at the Roseland Ballroom, NYC.
PEG’s family of companies also include Koba Entertainment and Act 5 Entertainment, whose productions include The Backyardigans: Sea Deep in Adventure, Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys and Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries.
For more information: www.paquinentertainment.com
Louis Paquin is the producer of RWB's Moulin Rouge® – The Ballet, and the CEO of Les Productions Rivard, a fully integrated independent production company with a vision to entertain, inform and inspire. Since 1995, Les Productions Rivard has established itself as a leader in TV production in Canada. The company specializes in original content, in English and French, in several genres, which include: documentary, variety and performing arts, children, youth and lifestyle for national and international broadcasters, such as SRC, CBC, CTV, TVA, ARTV, APTN, TFO, Historia, SCN, Discovery HD, Knowledge and more. Pushing the boundaries of creativity and production, Les Productions Rivard continues to delight and captivate audiences with innovative high-quality content.
For more information: www.productionsrivard.com
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Patti Caplette is well known for her experience and creative vision in the world of dance both on and off stage, in front and behind the camera. She entered the professional dance world touring Europe in 1973 with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens’ iconic rock ballet, Tommy, and toured internationally with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet for two decades, dancing lead roles in both classical and contemporary repertoire. She starred in numerous film productions, including Agnes De Milne’s Fall River Legend, Brian McDonald’s Concertante and Tam di Dilam, and Rudi Van Danzig’s Romeo and Juliet. Her fascination of dance on film lead to the undertaking of creating her own dance film spectacles, including the award-winning Journey - A Mythical Dance Fantasy, and Autumn Lady.
As Content Producer for Paquin/Rivard Ballet Productions’ filming of RWB's Moulin Rouge® – the Ballet, Patti brings her artistic experience to the forefront, working closely with Choreographer Jorden Morris, Directors Pierre & Francois Lamoureux, Producers Gilles Paquin and Louis Paquin, and Andre Lewis, artistic director of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premier ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Versatility, technical excellence and captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet – qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB’s superlative standards keep the Company in demand around the globe as it presents more than 150 performances every season across Canada and in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Asia and Mexico. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for 17 years, the Company is said to look more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing than ever before.
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