Lace, high kicks, French music and passionate love affairs: The glamour and grit of Paris’s famed Moulin Rouge dance hall has inspired a host of paintings, books and movies galore (including the 2001 cult favorite starring Nicole Kidman).
For several years, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet has been touring with its stage version of the classic Moulin Rouge story: A tragic but beautiful cabaret star falls for a sensitive artist while her possessive, lecherous patron looks on.
The production swirls into Chicago next week (November 2 through 4; tickets are $30 to $74), and while serious ballet aficionados may find this crowd-pleaser a bit light on its feet, many viewers are sure to find the score (packed with recognizable classical works), the rainbow of costumes and the Eiffel Tower-graced set irresistible.
To get in the mood before you go, head to the Art Institute of Chicago to check out our city’s own piece of related lore: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1892 painting At the Moulin Rouge.
Then high-kick your way to the Auditorium Theatre and prepare to leave your ballet-watching inhibitions behind.
Royal Winnipeg Ballet at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.; 800-982-2787 or auditoriumtheatre.org