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Your Reaction: What did you think of The Royal Ballet's La Bayadère?

Audience responses and press reviews of Natalia Makarova's production of this 19th-century classic ballet.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

2 November 2018 at 12.19pm | 20 Comments

Press reviews:
Evening Standard ★★★★
The Stage ★★★★
Guardian ★★★

More reviews will be added in due course

What did you think of La Bayadère?
Let us know via the comments below.

La Bayadère will be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 13 November 2018

This production 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))

2 November 2018 at 12.19pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged

This article has 20 comments

  1. Nick Burdett responded on 8 November 2018 at 12:38pm Reply

    Congraulations to all involved in the beautiful performance on 5th November. Wonderful experience. Can't wait for the live cinema performance next tuesday. Not to be missed!

  2. Richard responded on 8 November 2018 at 8:08pm Reply

    Takada, Naghdi and McRae are exquisite in this. And the corps are so elegant and synchronised in the Shades act....beautiful classic ballet all round!

  3. Simon Smith responded on 9 November 2018 at 9:06am Reply

    I'm looking forward very much to Saturday's matinee and the cinema relay. I hear that when filming Thursday's performance the scrim at the front for the whole of Act 2 and most of Act 3 was removed and was only lowered when needed. But I also hear the removal of the scrim was only because of the filming.
    Is this the case? If it's recognised that the scrim detracts from performances which are to be relayed in the cinema, isn't it also the case that the scrim obscures the view for audiences in the theatre? I would have thought the scrim must be an unhelpful barrier between dancers and the audience.
    I'd very much appreciate the ROH's thoughts on this.

  4. Gwen responded on 9 November 2018 at 9:22am Reply

    We attended the opening night on 1 November with a stellar cast and magnificent corps de Ballet. Marianela Nuñez danced every step to perfection and Vadim Muntagirov was a wonderful partner and Natalia Osipova so scheming. It was breathtakingly gorgeous and I can’t wait to see it again.

  5. elleG responded on 9 November 2018 at 11:20am Reply

    It seems that a lot of earlier comments have just been 'lost'. This is a real pity because I, among others, was wanting to sing the praises of the breathtaking first night cast and corps. I have never been as thrilled on an opening night as I was on the 1st November. Nunez soft and yielding, Muntagirov sensational, Osipova evilly alluring, and the corps wondrous. It is almost impossible to credit that the RB is achieving such classical excellence moments after after an equally astonishing run of Mayerling.
    But I can now add a plaudit to Corrales whose RB debut as a leading man (Solor) not only involved partnering two world famous ballerinas but dancing in front of Makarova. What a moment to impress - as he certainly did.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 9 November 2018 at 11:38am

      Hi Elle,

      Thanks for your comment and feedback - we've recently been experiencing technical problems which we weren't able to receive any comments.

      This has now been rectified, and therefore we're able to publish replies to posts once again

      Best wishe


  6. Simon Smith responded on 9 November 2018 at 12:20pm Reply

    Thanks Chris for your reply to Elle but I'm afraid I'm rather struggling to understand what's being said.
    Does this mean comments posted prior to 8 November have been lost and cannot be published?
    Or was the problem that you could not provide replies where posters had asked questions?
    If problems have been rectified does that enable you to publish 'lost' posts, together with your replies if posters had asked questions?

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 9 November 2018 at 5:25pm

      Hi Simon,

      Due to the technical issues, the website was unable to receive comments for a little over a week. This means the comments posted during this time have been lost and won't be able to be published. Any of the comments that have come through to us, we monitor, publish, and reply as appropriate, as long as they meet our community guidelines.

      Sorry for the inconvenience.


  7. Alex responded on 9 November 2018 at 3:20pm Reply

    Much praise for the older ballerinas Nunez and Osipova dancing Opening Night, beautiful! Equal high praise has to go to the RB's youngest and amazing female Principals Yasmine Naghdi and Akane Takada, partnered by Steven McRae. Two accomplished and stunning Principals. Naghdi blew us away in her portrayal of Gamzatti, her characterisation and stunning technique too beautiful for words; Akane Takada masters her technique equally, she didn't put a foot wrong, and she made a lovely Nikiya. A big bravo to the excellent Corps de ballet dancers.

  8. I was fortunate enough to attend the opening night on 1st November. I have seen many performances at the ROH but this one was truly special. What a cast, to begin with - Nunez, Muntagirov, Osipova! Nunez was a radiant Nikiya, Muntagirov a noble and charming Solor (plus his solos were mind blowing! What a virtuosic and lyrical dancer he is), and Osipova a wonderfully spoilt, scheming Gamzatti. The Shades in Act 2 were exquisite - total perfection (and a special “hats off” to Romany Pajdak for being the one who had to do ALL the arabesques!).

    An evening to remember and treasure - and Muntagirov leading Makarova on to take her applause was just wonderful - thrilling to see her.

    I brought along three friends who are not normally ballet goers, and they were blown away. Well done to everyone!

  9. Sarah Counter responded on 11 November 2018 at 5:02pm Reply

    Wonderful first night with fabulous costumes and danced with great sensitivity. Beautiful playing form the first violin with the whole orchestra in fine fettle.
    A really memorable occasion. It would have been good to give the corps de ballet some applause at the end. They were spectacular in the second act.

  10. Brian responded on 11 November 2018 at 8:44pm Reply

    A fabulous revival and a great company effort. The corps were sublime in the Shades act. Akane Takada gets better every time I see her - a most affecting performance from a fine artist.

  11. Simon Smith responded on 12 November 2018 at 6:47pm Reply

    I very much enjoyed Saturday's matinee, my first time seeing La Bayadere in the theatre. Akane Takada's Nikiya was fabulous and the Shades utterly ethereal. How good it was to see their perfect symmetry and sense their immediacy without any obstruction between stage and audience and how well the scrim worked for the destruction of the temple at the end of Act 3. As the production was new to me, I don't know the extent to which you've changed the use of scrims in preparing for the cinema relay, and perhaps as a result of comments from the audience, but for my part I thought Acts 2 and 3 worked brilliantly. I'm now looking forward immensely to the cinema relay. Congratulations to all and many thanks.

  12. Alex responded on 13 November 2018 at 6:54pm Reply

    My wife and I very much enjoyed the Saturday Matinee with Steven McRae as Solor, Yasmine Naghdi as Gamzatti and Akane Takada as Nikiya. We were pleased to see Steven McRae's return on stage after his injury. Yasmine Naghdi and Akane Takada are two superb Principal ballerinas, their technic is rock solid and both are showing the audience pure, clean classical dancing . We very much hope to see Yasmine Naghdi as Nikiya when La Bayadere returns in a few years time. She was amazing and a very beautiful as Gamzatti but we felt the sweet character of Nikiya would suit her far better than the character of Gamzatti.

  13. John Phillips responded on 13 November 2018 at 8:44pm Reply

    Ballet fantastic: camera direction less so. We need to see the FEET!

  14. Michael Varcoe-Cocks responded on 15 November 2018 at 2:05am Reply

    After being overwhelmed by Osipova/Nuñez I was delighted by another stupendous cast last night with Magri/Cuthbertson and the shades better than ever. And a special mention for Matthew Ball: has the Royal Ballet had a dancer with such charm, stage presence, elegance and star quality since Rudolf? Not a bad dancer either! As I have written before, truly “a star is Ball” !

    Finally, is it too much to teach the dancers involved the basic rules of chess? Magri and Ball understand how knights move, but - no names - you can’t move your opponent’s pieces nor, as happened last night, can you move a pawn two places to the side!

  15. will responded on 15 November 2018 at 7:35pm Reply

    Dear Michael,
    Check mate !!!

  16. Sandie Lush responded on 17 November 2018 at 4:02pm Reply

    I honestly thought that opening night of this run of La Bayadere could not be bettered. I was wrong! Friday November 16th will live long in the memory. Osipova's Nikiya was heartbreaking, Nunez's Gamzatti a regal and spoilt princess, and Vadim's anguish at being caught between them palpable. Add to the mix a fantastic corps de ballet and an excellent Bronze Idol and it all made for an incredible performance.
    Thank you so much.

  17. Karen responded on 17 November 2018 at 11:49pm Reply

    I've seen it twice this week and both casts were amazing, a special well done to Mayara Magri for tonight's Gamzatti and to Gary Avis (as always) for bringing real character to the High Brahmin. A pity it has been a long wait for it to come back, please can we see it again soon!

  18. Helen responded on 9 December 2018 at 5:18am Reply

    I went to see the opening night and another night when Osipova Nunez switched role with Corrales. And another night with Magri/Cuthbertson pair. Simply because I am so obsessed with La Bayadere:)

    I have to say that the first night was the best. But 2nd/3rd time I had tears on my face during Nikiya&solar first love dance PDD, thinking about what a tragedy is coming to them.

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