"La Bayadere" is one of the oldest ballets of the Russian repertoire.
The premiere of the play took place in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theater in St. Petersburg. The secret of his longevity is not only in the bright, elastic and plastic music of L. Minkus, exotic color, but also in the richness of the imagination of the choreographer Marius Petipa, in the abundance of brilliant dance episodes.
The Russian Imperial Ballet turned to the theme of the East: the place of action is India, the main characters are the temple dancer (bayadere) Nikiya and the valorous warrior Solor. All the ideas about India, the country of fakirs, lotuses, elephants and bayaders, widespread in the 19th century, are collected here, but the ballet did not become a cliche set. Despite the richness of eastern exoticism, Hindu mysticism, the fundamental theme here was the pursuit of happiness, love and freedom.
And, perhaps, one of the highest achievements of the choreographer Petipa can be considered the unfolded corps de ballet scene of the shadow kingdom in the third act of the "La Bayadere", which in terms of the level of poetic generalization does not know itself equal in the history of the world ballet theater.
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Libretto: Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov
Choreography: Marius Petipa edited by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani
The Golden God's Dance was staged by Nikolai Zubkovsky
General choreographic edition: Mikhail Messerer
Set Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting Designer: Alexander Kibitkin
Running time: 3 hours
In the play: 2 intervals
Premiere of the production: October 21, 2000
Premiere of the new edition: February 15, 2012