First performed at the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1877, The Bayadère retains its iconic status in the field of classical dance by providing a phenomenal showcase for a world-class corps de ballet and prima ballerina. Loosely based on the Sanskrit language dramas of the Indian poet Kalidasa, this Orientalist fable is enhanced by sumptuous sets and a plot of passion, jealousy and revenge that reaches its climax in one of the pinnacles of "white ballet": the scene of the Kingdom of Shadows.
The bayadère has been a little-known delicacy outside Russia until the 1980s, when Natalia Makarova and Rudolf Nureyev presented in New York and London, respectively. With a quarter of a century in the repertoire of the Munich Staatsoper Ballet, Patrice Bart's choreography is a milestone in the rapid expansion of this work - it was the first to be undertaken in Germany - and has now become one of the three or four fundamental dance compositions in this company, backed by enormous audience appreciation.
Music by Ludwig Minkus (1826–1917) con adaptación de Maria Babanina
Libretto by Marius Petipa and Serguéi Khudekov
Premiere at Imperial Theatre Bolshói Kámenny on 4 February 1877
Premiere at the Teatro Real el 4 de septiembre de 2008
Choreography: Patrice Bart
Original coreography: Marius Petipa
Set and Costume design: Tomio Mohri
Lighting: Maurizio Montobbio
Costume maker: Kumiko Sakurai
Orchestra conductor: Kevin Rhodes
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