The audience respond to The Royal Ballet's production of Natalia Makarova's production of this 19th-century classic ballet, live in cinemas across the world.
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.
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 toured with the Kingdom of the Shades scene in 1961. 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.
Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa
Pier Luigi Samaritani
Cast sheets are available as PDFs
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The Royal Ballet's production of the 19th-century Russian classic will be relayed to cinemas from London.
To find out more visit the La Bayadère (2018) production page.