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La Bayadère

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Romantic India provides the setting for one of The Royal Ballet’s favourite full-length works: La Bayadère, a tale of love, murder and vengeful judgement by the gods. At the centre of this showcase of classical dancing is the warrior Solor and his love Nikiya, the beautiful temple dancer (bayadère) of the title.

Nikiya provokes the murderous jealousy of her wicked rival, Gamzatti, encouraged by the High Brahmin, whose own designs on the bayadère are far from pure. Seeking solace in opium after the death of his love, Solor hallucinates an afterworld – the Kingdom of the Shades – filled with one of classical dance’s most famous images as multiple spectral Nikiyas fill the stage.

With the collapse of the temple, destroyed by the gods, Solor and Nikiyia are finally reunited as spirits in the next world.

Originally choreographed in 1877 by Marius Petipa, La Bayadère was later adapted by The Kirov Ballet and re-created in this three-act version by Natalia Makarova.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 13/01/2009

Closing Night: 07/02/2009

Running time: 2h40

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Cast & Creative


Tamara Rojo/Lauren Cuthbertson/Yuhui Chloe/Marianela Nunez/ Alina Cojocaru/Sarah Lamb/Roberta Marquez, Thiago Soares/David Makhateli/Sergei Polunin/Ivan Putrov/Carlos Acosta/Federico Bonelli/John Kobborg, Isabel McMeekan/Laura Morera/Hikaru Kobyashi/Marianela Nunez/Alexandra Ansanelli/Lauren Cuthbertson


Producer - Royal Ballet

Choreographer - Marius Petipa, Natalia Markova

Conductor - Valeriy Ovsyanikov

Lighting Designer - John B Read

Set Designer - Pier Luigi Samaritani

Music By - Ludwig Minkus, orchestrated by John Lanchbery

About Royal Opera House

Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom WC2E 9DD

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