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La Bayadère

Petipa’s exotic masterpiece is danced to perfection by the Bolshoi Ballet, as part of its Golden Jubilee season at Covent Garden.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of La Bayadère. It was last on stage 2–3 August 2013.


La Bayadère is one of Marius Petipa’s greatest works – a tale of passion, betrayal and redemption set in India. The ballet was first performed in St Petersburg in 1877. Now the Bolshoi Ballet, one of Russia’s greatest companies, brings its stunning production to the Royal Opera House, commemorating 50 years since the company first performed in Covent Garden. Dazzling sets and costumes by Nikolai Sharonov illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s doomed love for the warrior Solor.

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La Bayadère (en. The Temple Dancer) (ru. «Баядерка», Bayaderka) is a ballet, originally staged in four acts and seven tableaux by French choreographer Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus. The ballet was staged especially for the benefit performance of the Prima ballerina Ekaterina Vazem, who created the principal role of Nikiya. La Bayadère was first presented by the Imperial Ballet at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 4 February [O.S. 23 January] 1877. A scene from the ballet, known as The Kingdom of the Shades, is one of the most celebrated excerpts in all of classical ballet. Nearly all modern versions of La Bayadère are derived from the Mariinsky Ballet's production, which was originally staged in 1941 by Vakhtang Chabukiani and Vladimir Ponomarev. Natalia Makarova's 1980 production for American Ballet Theatre has also been staged by several theatres throughout the world and is itself derived from Chabukiani and Ponomarev's version.

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