Ballets

La Bayadère

“La Bayadère” is a story of eternal love, vengeance, and justice. The ballet recounts the story of the impossible love between a temple dancer (bayadère) Nikiya and the noble warrior Solor.

Approx. running time 2 h, one intermission

Ballet by Ludwig Minkus

“La Bayadère” is a story of eternal love, vengeance, and justice. The ballet recounts the story of the impossible love between a temple dancer (bayadère) Nikiya and the noble warrior Solor. In a moment of forgetfulness, Solor becomes engaged to the Rajah’s daughter Gamzatti and in order to assure the young man’s love for Gamzatti, the Rajah decides to kill Nikiya… The first production of the ballet was a vast and vastly expensive production: Act 2 was conceived for 200 dancers and a stage elephant. “La Bayadère” is an important connection between the romantic and classical eras of ballet. Although a major work in Russian tradition, the ballet remained unknown for a long time in the West. It was only in 1961 in the course of a Kirov appearance at the Palais Garnier that a stunned public was able to discover its beauty.

“La Bayadère” was the creation of the choreographer Marius Petipa, the renowned Premier maître de ballet of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres. The music was written by the composer Ludwig Minkus, Petipa’s chief collaborator, who held the official post of Ballet Composer to the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres in 1872–1886. The most notable numbers in the ballet include the incredibly demanding men’s variation “The Golden Idol” and the scene of “The Kingdom of the Shades” that has become a symbol of ballet and is quite often performed on its own. It is this scene that inspired critics to write “If you don’t enjoy “La Bayadère”, you really don’t enjoy ballet!”

Libretto and original choreography

Sergei Hudekov

Marius Petipa

Conductors

Mihhail Gerts

Risto Joost

Choreographer and Stage Director of the new redaction

Toomas Edur

Designer

Peter Docherty

Lighting

Tiit Urvik

Show times

Sat

09. April 2022 19:00

Wed

13. April 2022 12:00

Thu

21. April 2022 19:00

Wed

11. May 2022 12:00

Fri

20. May 2022 19:00

Fri

03. June 2022 19:00

Sat

11. June 2022 19:00