Ballet in three acts
Choreography: Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Orchestrated by John Lanchbery
Approximate running time: 3 hours 5 minutes, including two intervals
Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ — The Kingdom of the Shades — is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the uidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.