Ballet in three acts music by Ludwig Minkus
La Bayadère is just one of several lavish ballets created by Marius Petipa which take place in ‘exotic’ settings. Marius Petipa, the famed choreographer of St Petersburg, created La Bayadèrein 1877, basing it on a play by an Indian poet.A bayadère is a female temple dancer. Such figures were popular in 19th-century ballets when character dancing was often contrasted with pure classical dance. This is the only surviving such ballet set wholly in the exotic East.
It is a true Romantic ballet in structure, as its two acts are full of local colour and domestic wranglings, while the third act takes place in an all-white other world inhabited by ghostly beings. One of the most impressing scenes of the third act is the one called The Kingdom of the Shades. According to the choreographer’s own memoirs, the mesmerizing choreographic solution used for the entrance of the original 48 ’Shades’, had been prompted by an engraving by the Romantic artist Gustav Doré.
Running time — 2 hours 50 minutes
Tickets cost — 450 - 2700 roubles