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Catch The Royal Ballet's La Bayadère live in cinemas on 13 November 2018

The Royal Ballet's production of the 19th-century Russian classic will be relayed to cinemas from London.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

6 November 2018 at 4.34pm | 12 Comments

The Royal Ballet's La Bayadère will be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 13 November. Find a La Bayadère screening near you.

Natalia Makarova's production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.

The story

Nikiya, a temple dancer, is in love with the warrior Solor. The High Brahmin also desires Nikiya, and when she rejects him, he plans to take revenge on Solor.

The production

An iconic 19th-century Russian ballet, La Bayadère was originally performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in St Petersburg in 1877, and was regularly performed within the former Soviet Union throughout the 20th century. It remained unknown in the West until the Kirov Ballet featured an extract of it in their 1961 tour. Natalia Makarova saw La Bayadère as a child in Leningrad and created this production in 1980. It was first performed by The Royal Ballet in 1989.

The ballet’s most famous moment is the ethereal ‘Kingdom of the Shades’ scene, in which the intoxicated Solor sees a seemingly endless sequence of white-wreathed Shades, dressed all in white and dancing in perfect unison.

The music

Czech composer and violinist Ludwig Minkus composed the music for more than twenty Russian ballets, including La Bayadère. Although his name may not be as widely known as the likes of Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninoff, Minkus's music is amongst the most performed in all ballet: conductor Martin Yates describes him as one of the 'founding fathers' of Russian ballet music.

The cast

For the live cinema relay, the warrior Solor will be danced by Vadim Muntagirov, while Princess Gamzatti who is due to be married to him will be performed by Natalia Osipova. The temple dancer, Nikiya, will be danced by Marianela Nuñez.

Your reaction

Share your thoughts using the hashtag #ROHbayadere and we'll share a selection of our favourites during the relay.

La Bayadère is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Julia and Hans Rausing, Simon and Virginia Robertson, John and Susan Burns and The Tsukanov Family Foundation.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

6 November 2018 at 4.34pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Natalia Makarova, cinema, La Bayadere, Production

This article has 12 comments

  1. Will. responded on 9 November 2018 at 5:20pm Reply

    I can't wait to see this stellar cast next Tuesday.I hope out local theatre will get the lighting right.It is always so dark when we see the live streaming from The Royal opera House.It spoilt the evening for us when Swan Lake was broadcast earlier this year.

  2. Joanne Boulding responded on 10 November 2018 at 1:17pm Reply

    I've just tried to book a ticket and it's already sold out☹️. Really disappointed.

  3. Stevie responded on 13 November 2018 at 4:10pm Reply

    Good news that the tickets are selling well. I always book three months in advance. I used to book earlier, but then I would forget to turn up.

  4. Stevie responded on 13 November 2018 at 4:14pm Reply

    Remember, if you cant get a ticket for the live streaming, there's the 'Encores' to fall back on, or to shop at an alternative Cinema.

  5. Will responded on 13 November 2018 at 4:22pm Reply

    The Booking for this production went on sale about 3 months ago.You can always try for a return If you queue before the performance.Or try to catch it at your Local of luck.

  6. Wing Wong responded on 14 November 2018 at 4:29pm Reply

    Saw this in the cinema last night. Enjoyed in very much. My wife wife isn't onto ballet also liked it. However, i do have a comment on the Kingdom of the Shades - I would have preferred the corps de ballet be comprised of 32 artists instead of 24.

  7. Lawrence Hodges responded on 18 November 2018 at 6:16pm Reply

    I enjoyed the performance very much. I am curious to know why the presenters of the ROH Live performances and are not given credit in the programme. I recognised Darcey Bussell, of course, but not her companion. Who was he?

  8. Sarah Whitehouse responded on 20 November 2018 at 2:38am Reply

    We watched the encore Bayadere last evening which was glorious , sadly though there was no cast list given out just a reduced version of the usual hand out . Is it too late to get a full cast list please ?

  9. Cristina responded on 1 April 2019 at 4:39pm Reply

    Good Morning! The Ballet La Baydère with Marianela Nunez and Natalia Osipova will be released on DVD and Blu Ray?

    • Olivia Moxey responded on 3 April 2019 at 11:04am

      Dear Cristina,

      We are delighted to inform you that the performance of La Bayadere broadcast to cinemas in November 2018 is scheduled for DVD release in Autumn of this year.

      Best Regards,
      ROH Cinema Team

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