Live from The Royal Ballet, Covent GardenLa Bayadère
Live from The Royal Ballet, Covent Garden
Nikiya, a temple dancer, is in love with the warrior Solor. The High Brahmin pursues Nikiya, and when she rejects him, he plans to take revenge on Solor.
The High Brahmin tells the Princess Gamzatti, Solor’s fiancée, about Solor’s secret affair with Nikiya. But Gamzatti does not want revenge on Solor, and instead arranges for Nikiya to be killed. As he celebrates his wedding to Gamzatti, Solor is haunted by Nikiya’s shade. The gods are angered, and destroy the temple, killing everyone at the wedding. Finally, Solor and Nikiya are united in death.
An iconic 19th-century Russian ballet, La Bayadère was originally performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1877. It was regularly performed within the former Soviet Union throughout the 20th century, but remained unknown in the West until the Kirov Ballet toured with the Kingdom of the Shades scene in 1961. Natalia Makarova saw La Bayadère as a child in Leningrad and created this production in 1980. It was first performed by The Royal Ballet in 1989.
|Choreography||Natalia Makarova (after Marius Petipa)|
|Set designer||Pier Luigi Samaritani|
|Costume designer||Yolanda Sonnabend|
|Lighting designer||John B. Read|
|Video designs||59 Productions|
|Orchestra||Orchestra of the Royal Opera House|
The performance lasts about 2 hours 50 minutes, including two intervals