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The Bayadère Project

25–28 March 2015
Linbury Studio Theatre

In a new Royal Opera House commission Shobana Jeyasingh reimagines Marius Petipa's India-set classical ballet.

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Shobana Jeyasingh originally trained in the South Asian classical dance Bharata Natyam. Since founding her groundbreaking dance company in 1988, her choreographic language has evolved into something where classical dance is just one of many elements. In a new Royal Opera House commission she makes a fascinating return to her roots – while incorporating her more recent work – in a unique and personal examination of Marius Petipa's 1877 ballet La Bayadère.

Drawing on Petipa's original choreography and the stories of the first real 'temple dancers' to visit Europe, Jeyasingh illuminates the West's fascination with the myth of the Orient. She examines how this legacy has directly affected the Indian diaspora today, and how the story of La Bayadère relates to modern fantasies of both East and West.