La Bayadere New York – 2014 Concert Schedule
The story of La Bayadere centers around a doomed temple dancer
by the name of Nikiya, the warrior who betrays her, Solor, and Nikiya's enemy, Gamzatti. Between glorious temples and enchanting
vistas, this classic Russian ballet takes audiences on a captivating journey through love and revenge. The sights, sounds,
and graceful movements of this captivating classic ballet will stay with you for years to come. Since 1877, this class Russian
ballet has captured the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and this is your opportunity to take part in the wonder of La
Bayadere. From the stunning Kingdom of the Shades sequence, to the elaborately designed stage, you won't want to miss a minute
of this beautiful ballet production. To witness one of the most classic ballets in history, visit StubHub today to get your
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About La Bayadere New York
The classic Russian ballet La Bayadere
was first performed by the Imperial Ballet at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1877. La Bayadere
was originally staged in four acts and seven tableaux or scenes, with music by Ludwig Minkus and choreography by Marius Petipa.
Ludwig Minkus served as the official composer of ballet music for the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres in Russia, and his
music is now some of most performed in the world of ballet. His works include the score for La Source, Don Quixote, and also
Marius Petipa's 1881 revival of the ballet Paquita. Choreographer Marius Petipa also had an illustrious career with the St.
Petersburg Imperial Theatres, and he served as premier maître de ballet from 1871 until 1903. During this time, he created
over fifty ballets, including The Pharaoh's Daughter, Don Quixote, Le Talisman, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, La Reveil
de Flore, La Halte de cavalerie, Raymonda, Les Saissons, and Les Millions d'Arlequin. These extraordinarily talented men brought
their talents together and created some of the most honored ballets of all time.
The scene in La Bayadere known as The
Kingdom of the Shades has come to be known as one of the most celebrated excerpts in all of classical ballet. This ballet
remained virtually unknown in the West until 1961 when it had its first Western production at the Teatro Municipal in Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil. It still didn't gain widespread interest until the performance of The Kingdom of the Shades in Paris on
July 4, 1961 by the Kirov Ballet. Just two years later, famed dancer Rudolf Nureyev staged the legendary scene for the Royal
Ballet, and the music was re-orchestrated by the Royal Opera House's composer, John Lanchbery. The premier was an instant
success, and is considered to be one of the most important moments in ballet's history.
In 1974, The Kingdom of the
Shades was performed by the American Ballet Theatre in New York, and it became the first staging of any part of La Bayadere
in the United States. Later in 1980, famed dancer Natalia Makarova staged her own version of the full length ballet, which
premiered on May 21, 1980 at the Metropolitan Opera House, and was also broadcast live on PBS. Principal roles at the time
were performed by Marianna Tcherkassky, Anthony Dowell, Cynthia Harvey, Alexander Minz, and Victor Barbee. This performance
became a great accomplishment for the American Ballet Theatre, and since then, the ballet company has continued to include
La Bayadere as one of its regular performances.
La Bayadere New York Breakthrough
While La Bayadere had
been a classic for years in Russia, it remained largely unknown for decades elsewhere. Finally, in 1961 La Bayadere was introduced
to the Western world at its premiere in Brazil, but it actually wasn't until the Kingdom of the Shades performance in Paris
when it got the recognition it deserved. After the 1961 performance in Paris, La Bayadere quickly became one of the most revered
ballets in history, joining the ranks of other great classics.
La Bayadere New York Trivia
In which country
does the plot of La Bayadere take place?
La Bayadere takes place in India. During the time that this ballet was created,
it was common for plays and ballets to take place in the exotic "Orient," as the Prince of Wales had just visited India and
many others became fascinated with it.
Even for well-seasoned ballet goers, getting the
chance to see La Bayadere in person is regarding as a very special occasion. The stunning choreography and beautiful set design
will have you glued to your seat as the story of Nikiya plays out on stage. The timeless themes of love and revenge in this
ballet are beautifully demonstrated by some of the most talented dancers in the world. Critics and fans have been raving about
La Bayadere for years, and it's time to experience all of the wonder for yourself. To experience the great Russian classic
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