Marius Petipa’s decisive work La bayadère was first performed at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in Saint Petersburg in 1877 in a grandiose production portraying a mysterious India and the impossible love between the sacred dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor. A scene from the ballet, known as The Kingdom of the Shades, is one of the most celebrated excerpts in all of classical ballet, and is considered to be one of the first examples of abstract ballet.
Living ballet legend, Yuri Grigorovich, created this version for the Bolshoi Theatre in 1991. Nikiya, a temple dancer, has secretly sworn her eternal love to Solor, a noble warrior. When she rejects the attentions of the High Brahmin, he is furious and determines to have Solor killed.
With the collaboration of Naxos
Ballet in three acts
Music by Ludwig Minkus
Libretto by Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov
Choreography by Marius Petipa, new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich
Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
Conductor | Pavel Sorokin
Choreographers | Marius Petipa, Yuri Grigorovich
Nikia | Svetlana Zakharova
Dugmanta, Rajah | Alexey Loparevich
Gamzatti, his daughter | Maria Alexandrova
Solor, the warrior | Vladislav Lantratov
Brahmin | Andrey Sitnikov
The Bronze Idol | Denis Medvedev