In the co-production of Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Festival Ljubljana and the Slovenian National Theatre Maribor, the neo-baroque ballet ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, choreographed and directed by Valentina Turcu and Lea Mujic, was premiered as part of the VIP program of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. This was the first time in history that ballet was performed at the Festival.
The ballet is based on a subversive and controversial novel ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, and represents a critique of the French aristocracy of the 18th century, directed against the monarchy of the ancient régime. In it, the author narrates about the cruel game of seduction and conquest, exposes demonic figures which oppose sensible world of virtuous Madame de Tourvel. The novel was turned into a movie in the 20th century. There were many film productions of ‘Dangerous Connections’, but one of the most famous ones is certainly the one directed by Stephen Frears, with Glenn Close as a marquise, John Malkovich as Valmont and Michelle Pfeiffer as Madame de Tourvel.
The Dangerous Liaisons are also scheduled for the 21th and 22nd August at Boskovic Square. After that the play will be presented at the Festival Krizanke in Ljubljana on August the 28th and on the 7th November at the SNG Maribor. Tickets for the ballet premiere in Dubrovnik are available online dubrovnik-festival.hr, or at the box office of the Festival, the Multimedia Centre Visia and Cultural Center in Luza.
Take a look at our photo gallery to see who came to the premiere.