Hot on the heels of the transmission of La Fille mal gardée from the Royal Opera House comes another major classic of the ballet repertoire, this time the  Paris Opera Ballet in live transmission from the Paris Opera at the Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford.

Choreographed by Marius Petipa, La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer) is a spectacular and lush work of late 19th century orientalism which tells the story of bayadère Nikiya and warrior Solor, who have sworn eternal fidelity to each other…

The High Brahmin is also in love with Nikiya.  When he finds out about her relationship with Solor, he rushes to tell the Rajah, as he has selected Solor to marry his daughter Gamzatti. Nikiya, unaware of the arrangement, agrees to dance at the couple’s betrothal celebrations. The High Brahmin, in an effort to have Solor killed and Nikiya for himself, conspires with the Rajah who, rather than becoming angry with Solor, vows that it is Nikiya who must die….

The ballet is full of colour and virtuosity, nevertheless its high point is the magnificent black and white third act in which Solor sees Nikiya in an opium dream – a superb example of Petipa’s classicism at its most formal and poetic.  Don’t miss a precious opportunity to see this wonderful company in this important work.

Performance:  Tuesday 22nd May, 13.00

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