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24 June 2022 (Fri), 19:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Classical Ballet Ludwig Minkus "La Bayadere" (ballet in three acts) сhoreography by Nacho Duato

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (till 21:20)

The performance has 2 intermissions

Schedule for Ludwig Minkus "La Bayadere" (ballet in three acts) сhoreography by Nacho Duato 2022

Composer: Ludwig Minkus
Musical Director: Pavel Sorokin
Choreography: Nacho Duato
Costume Designer: Angelina Atlagic
Lighting Designer: Brad Fields

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet

Classical Ballet in 3 acts

Choreography by Nacho Duato after Marius Petipa
Stage Designer, Costume Designer: Angelina Atlagić
Lighting Design: Brad Fields
Musical director of the production and Conductor: Pavel Sorokin
Répétiteurs: Zhanna Ayupova, Leonid Sarafanov, Elvira Khabibullina, Kirill Myasnikov
Choreographer’s assistant: Gentian Doda
Stage Designer’s assistant (sets): Magdalena Vlajić
Stage Designer’s assistant (costumes): Srdjan Perić


Premiere of the production: 4 October 2019

La Bayadère will become the first production of Nacho Duato on his return to St Petersburg. The Spanish choreographer has already worked on Russian golden ballet classics: his original versions of The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, created for the Mikhailovsky Theatre, were staged to great critical acclaim in many cities of the world — from Milan and Berlin to Novosibirsk. Turning to La Bayadère, Nacho Duato has no intention either to renounce the music by Ludwig Minkus or to intrude into the iconic choreography that made the ballet a timeless hit. The famous Kingdom of Shades, as well as the grand pas classique of Act II, created by Marius Petipa and revised by the artists, who kept the legacy of the choreographer in the 20th century, will be kept intact. The aim of the Spanish choreographer is to convey all the twists and turns of the plot, making the action more dynamic. He is going to create a new setting for the ballet gem, introducing new character and ritual dances, recreating the flavor of India. On his new piece, the choreographer is working in cooperation with stage designer Angelina Atlagic, whose scenery and costumes combine the luxury of the Maharajas and the high simplicity of the classics.


Act I
Scene 1
Noble youths return from hunting. Solor, the renowned warrior, orders his fellows to leave him on his own at the holy fire. Solor asks fakir Magedaveya to find an opportunity to talk to the beautiful Nikiya, the bayadère, who lives in the temple, and tell her that he will be waiting for her at night.
The ceremonial arrival of the High Brahman, priests and bayadères, the temple dancers, heralds the beginning of the feast of worshipping the fire. The climax of the feast is Nikiya’s dance. The passion to Nikiya makes the High Brahman forget his vocation and celibacy associated with it. He promises her all the treasures of India in return for her love. However, Nikiya cannot hide her disgust for the High Brahman.
The secret meeting of Nikiya and Solor is safeguarded by Magedaveya. Solor swears his eternal love and fidelity to Nikiya by the holy fire. The High Brahman, who is eager to revenge, sees them.

Scene 2
The Rajah Dugmanta’s palace. The Rajah orders to call the bayadères to entertain him and his guests. Dugmanta announces to his daughter Gamzatti that she will marry the best and bravest warrior of the rajaship, Solor, who she has been engaged to since her childhood. Gamzatti is happy, while Solor is lost: he does not dare reject the high honour, but he loves Nikiya and has sworn fidelity to her.
The High Brahman arrives. Hoping to destroy the rival, he tells the Rajah about Nikiya and Solor’s love. Dugmanta is enraged, but he will not change his decision. Solor will marry his daughter and the bayadère is to die. The Brahman has not expected such a catastrophe; he threatens the Rajah with the revenge of the gods for the bayadère’s death, but Dugmanta is adamant.
Gamzatti has overheard the conversation and orders her slave to bring Nikiya to her. Gamzatti tells Nikiya about her upcoming wedding and invites the bayadère to dance on that day. Nikiya is flattered by the honour, but suddenly Gamzatti, as if by chance, shows her the portrait of her husband-to-be. The bayadère is desperate, she is protesting. Solor loves nobody but her and will belong only to her. Gamzatti begs Nikiya to give Solor up, but the bayadère would rather die than part with her beloved. Gamzatti offers Nikiya jewelry in exchange for Solor. Nikiya enraged is going to stab her — but by chance, the slave comes in time and manages to stop the bayadère. The Rajah’s daughter swears: Nikiya will die.

Act II
Scene 3
Gamzatti and Solor’s engagement. Nikiya, who is obliged to dance at the feast according to the ritual, cannot conceal her grief. However, suddenly she is presented with a flower basket. She is full of hope, love and happiness — she is triumphant: it is surely Solor’s gift.
Suddenly a snake crawls out of the flowers and stings the bayadère. This is Gamzatti’s revenge.

The High Brahman promises her an antidote if Nikiya forgets Solor, but she is faithful to her beloved.
Scene 4
Solor is inconsolable and full of remorse. He drops into sleep and sees the Kingdom of the Shades. They descend from mountain ledges in a long line. He sees Nikiya. She is calling him...


Schedule for Ludwig Minkus "La Bayadere" (ballet in three acts) сhoreography by Nacho Duato 2022

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