Prokovsky Meets The Louisville Ballet

Although not many people outside The Louisville Ballet know Andre Prokovsky, his work is familiar. He is known for his intricate and seamless choreography, which is technically difficult but always fun to perform.

The company celebrated its 60th anniversary by kicking off the 2011-2012 season with Prokovsky’s version of “The Three Musketeers.” Originally created for the Australian Ballet, Prokovsky’s version premiered in 1980, and was last seen here in Louisville in 2005. “The Three Musketeers” is one of a series of full-length ballets based on Alexander Dumas’ 1844 novel, created by Prokovsky in the final phase of his career.

It’s the tale of King Louis XIII’s royal guards, Athos, Aramis and Porthos, joined by the soon-to-be fourth musketeer, D’Artagnan. Challenged to save the reputation of the Queen Consort of France, Anne of Austria, the musketeers must foil an evil plot by Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter.

With musical composition by Giuseppe Verdi and arranged by Guy Woolfenden, this 90-minute family-friendly ballet is infused with swordplay, slapstick humor and more male dancing than most classical ballets.

Gilles Maidon, who has assisted Prokovsky with staging for several ballets and companies since 2006, will be back to stage and rehearse “Musketeers.” Prokovsky passed away shortly after his ballet “The Great Gatsby” premiered in Louisville in 2009.

“The Three Musketeers” was presented at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. A lighthearted production to kick of the season, “Musketeers,” a timeless story of love, adventure, and comedy is not to be missed.

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