Mathias Heymann – Nureyev & Friends – May 2013
Ballet created in november 1979 by the Paris Opera Garnier at the Palais des Sports – Music : Piotr Ilyitch Tchaïkovski
Choreography : Rudolf Nureyev
Rudolf Nureyev revived Manfred on the 3rd March 1986 for the Palais Garnier, using scenery by Radu Boruzescu and costumes by Miruna Boruzescu.
“In Byron’s poem, the hero, a superhuman character, is doomed by fate to destroy those he loves. In vain he undertakes to find Astarte, his ideal spirit who alone has the power to assuage the feeling of guilt with which he is obsessed.
The argument for Manfred, in the choreographic version, lets the imagination run free using this basic theme to which references borrowed from other autographical poems by Byron have been associated. Inspiration has also been taken from the libretto that Tchaikovsky produced from the original work.
The characters and events forming the storyline come from the life of Byron himself. Therefore, we meet the loves and hates of his youth, his tireless quest for wisdom and peace, in friendship, in love, and in patriotic fervour.”
Programme for Manfred, Palais des Sports, 1979