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Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
1 - 6 Jun 2015
You have to be a real nit-picker to find anything wrong with American Ballet Theatre's lavish production of "La Bayadere."
La Bayadere or The Temple Dancer ,is set amidst sweeping vistas and the grand temples of ancient mystical India. Natalia Makarova's new staging of this great Petipa classic fuses together an epic romance with terrible divine revenge.
La Bayadere tells the tragic tale of a doomed temple dancer named Nikiya. Having sworn eternal fidelity with a famed warrior Solor, she rejects the advances of the High Brahmin, or priest, who has promised her riches beyond her wildest dreams. She refuses him, swearing loyalty to her beloved. However, the Rajah wishes for his daughter Gamzatti to marry Solor. The High Brahmin deviously tells the Rajah of Solor's promise to Nikiya, hoping to have the warrior executed and out of the way. However to his horror the Rajah declares that the temple dancer must die instead. Gamzatti summons Nikiya to the palace to bribe her rival away from Solor, however the dancer refuses and leaves.
Nikiya receives a basket of flowers that she believes is from her beloved Solor; however it contains a deadly snake, and has come from the Rajah and his daughter. She is bitten, and rather than accept an antidote, she chooses death. As the day of the wedding arrives, the gods, furious at the murder of their sacred dancer destroy the temple, and all those inside. Solor and Nikiya are reunited, but through death.
The ballet also features the famed vision of the "Kingdom of the Shades" showcasing the corps de ballet in gossamer white tutus, filling the stage in perfect unison.
Opening night: 1 June 2015
Booking through until: 6 June 2015
Suitable for ages 12+
162 minutes in three acts; Act 1- 59:00 Act 2- 45:00 Act 3- 18:00
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