‘Lady of the Camellias’ @ Kentucky Center

Oct. 5-6

Kentucky Center
501 W. Main St. • 584-7777
louisvilleballet.org
$27+; 8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat.)

When I think of camellias flowers, I don’t think of a beautiful plant but a signifier for a tragic love story. I recently saw the Greta Garbo movie “Camille,” and the flowers should have gotten a film credit. But “Lady of the Camellias” (aka “Camille”) may put you in a mood you prefer. The Louisville Ballet’s 2012-13 season opener is based on the oh-so-French novel “La Dame aux Camellias” by Alexandre Dumas fils. The plot centers on a Parisian courtesan Marguerite and her lover Armand. The choreography is by Val Caniparoli, who is best known in these parts for his production of “The Brown-Forman Nutcracker” performed since 2009. “Lady” was his first full-length production he choreographed in 1994. It’s a company premiere for the Louisville Ballet. —Jo Anne Triplett

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