La Bayadère

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.