Ballet in three acts | Music by Ludwig Minkus | Libretto by Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov | Live in cinemas from the "Stars of the White Nights Festival" on Monday 14 July
The premiere of La Bayadère in 1877 was a triumph for Marius Petipa, and this success has accompanied the ballet throughout its theatrical life. The sad love story of the noble warrior Solor and the temple dancer Nikia, who is poisoned by her rival, Princess Gamzatti, formed the basis for Petipa's grand spectacle. La Bayadère is a picturesque, 19th century encyclopaedia of India; cool temples in the shade of palm-trees, majestic palace walls, frenetic fakirs flagellating themselves during sacred dances, lithe dancers, colourful veils, elephants, cobras and opium hookahs. This Indian exoticism was created, however, using conventional ballet techniques of the nineteenth century. The decorative luxuriance of the first two acts contrasts with the third – the “white” act of the Shades – a triumph of virtuoso classical dance.
Nikia : Viktoria Tereshkina | Gamzatti : Anastasia Matvienko | Solor : Vladimir Shklyarov | The High Brahmin : Vladimir Ponomarev
Musical direction : Valery Gergiev | Conduted by Boris Gruzin | Choreography : Marius Petipa revised by Vladimir Ponomarev, Vakhtang Chabukiani with dances by Konstantin Sergeyev, Nikolai Zubkovsky | Set design : Mikhail Shishliannikov after set designs by Adolf Kvapp, Konstantin Ivanov, Pyotr Lambin and Orest Allegri | Costumes : Yevgeny Ponomarev | Lighting Design : Mikhail Shishliannikov
Production compagny : Telmondis
Coproduction compagny : Mezzo
Running Time : 1x130'
Production Year : 2014
Distribution compagny : Telmondis Distribution
Video Format : HDCAM, Digibeta