La Bayadère by Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa, music by Léon Minkus
Marianela Nuñez (Nikiya), Vadim Muntagirov (Solor), Natalia Osipova (Gamzatti), Gary Avis (the High Brahmin), Thomas Whitehead (Rajah) — Royal Ballet
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Natalia Makarova — Choreographer
Pier Luigi Samaritani — Set designer
Yolanda Sonnabend — Costumes
John B. Read — Lighting designer
Olga Evreinoff — Stage director
Marianela Núñez — Nikiya
Vadim Muntagirov — Solor
Natalia Osipova — Gamzatti
Gary Avis — High Brahmin
Thomas Whitehead — Rajah
Luca Acri — Magdaveya
Kristen McNally — Aya
Nicol Edmonds — Solor's friend
The Royal Ballet
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
A tale of doomed love between bayadère (temple dancer) Nikiya and warrior Solor, La Bayadère is one of the pillars of the ballet repertoire, sparkling with spectacular ensemble pieces and breathtaking solos. The exquisite Royal Ballet dancers, outfitted in opulent costumes by Yolanda Sonnabend amid Pier Luigi Samaritani's immersive sets, are led here by the magnificent Marianela Núñez and Vadim Muntagirov as Nikiya and Solor—with Natalia Osipova as the Rajah's daughter Gamzatti, Solor's betrothed, who conspires to eliminate her rival and pays a heavy price for her misdeeds...
An iconic 19th-century Russian ballet, La Bayadère was originally performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1877, and regularly seen by Soviet audiences throughout the 20th century. It remained largely unknown in the West, however, until the Kirov Ballet made the astonishingly beautiful "Kingdom of the Shades" scene part of their 1961 tour. The great Natalia Makarova saw La Bayadère as a child in Leningrad and created this legendary production in 1980, first performed by the Royal Ballet in 1989.