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Lost Illusions from the Bolshoi Ballet will be hitting our cinema screens very soon. Here's your chance to get to know the synopsis of Desyatnikov & Ratmansky's wonderful new ballet, with pictures from the Bolshoi's sumptuous production.
It's Paris in the 1930s and amongst all the hustle and bustle of Paris Opera we meet Lucien, a budding composer. He is full of hope and dreams and determined to have his works on this illustrious stage.
At the beginning of the second scene, a rehearsal is in progress and we're introduced to the company's star ballerinas Florine and Coralie and their patrons Camusot and the Duke. A nervous Lucien enters and begs to perform one of his works. The performance does not go well however, and Lucien's dreams are left in tatters.
But just as it seems all is lost, Coralie catches Lucien just before he leaves, telling him that she found his music very moving. She obtains a commission for him - he is to write the music for La Sylphide
Lucien is in his room, struggling to write the all-important commission. Coralie enters and he immediately finds inspiration as they connect passionately.
We're back at the Paris Opera for the premiere, and it is is a resounding success. All applaud the young composer and Coralie, but Florine is full of envy.
At the beginning of Act 2 we join Coralie and Lucien. The success of La Sylphide has brought them much fame and the lovers are very happy. Camusot, Coralie's patron suspects his ballerina's infidelity. Coralie and Lucien's affair is discovered, and the wealthy banker Camusot departs, leaving the young lovers together in a state of rapture.
Camusot and the Duke both want to take Lucien down a few notches. They throw an extravagant party, and place Florine before him and he cannot resist her charms.
The party continues but Coralie is left alone worrying about Lucien. He soon appears but with Florine and the Duke. Lucien is a changed man. They all soon depart, leaving Coralie alone and desolate.
At the beginning of Act 3 Lucien is composing a ballet for Florine but his writing lacks inspiration and imagination. His new work is premiered, and it's a disaster. He gets paid a large fee, but he realises that for this money betrayed his muse and his creative integrity.
Lucien runs to the Seine embankment with the thought of committing suicide. But he lacks the determination to die and decides to return to Coralie.
Lucien runs into Coralie's empty room, but it is too late. She has gone. The ballet ends with Lucien in a state of profound anguish.