Ludwig Minkus – La Bayadere / Ludwig Minkus – Bayadere Ballet De L’Opera De Paris 1992 Choreography: Rudolf Nureev Director: Alexandre Tarta Cast: Dougmanta, Raja Golkonda Jean-Marie Didiere Gamzatti, his daughter Elisabeth Platel Solor, rich Christmarie Syria, rich rich woman, rich-eyed Syria , bayadere Isabele Guerin Great Brahmin Francis Malovic Magdawai, fakir Lioner Delanoe Toloragva, kshatriya Wilfried Romoli Brahmins, framators, sudra (rajah’s servants), warriors, bayaderes, fakirs, wanderers, Indian people, musicians and hunters. Ballet de L’Opera de Paris Description: The ballet of Ludwig Fedorovich Minkus was first staged on January 23, 1877 at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. The director of the first version was the great choreographer Marius Petipa. The plot is based on the drama of the Indian classic Kalidasa “Shakuntala” and Goethe’s ballad “God and the Bayadere”, beautiful and romantic legend of the unhappy love of the bayadere and the brave warrior. The word bayadere comes from the Portuguese bailadeira – dancer. The bayaderes were professional dancers living in India at the temples who gave themselves up to serve the deity and performing at religious holidays. Bayadere Nikiya and the warrior Solor love each other. The Great Brahmin is also trying to win Nikia’s love, but she rejects him. Raja wants to give his daughter Gamzatti for Solor, but Solor does not agree. Raja, without accepting refusal, designates the wedding day. The Great Brahmin explains to Razhde why Solor does not want to marry a princess. The Raja decides to destroy Nikiya, although she knows what will enrage Vishnu with this. At the feast, Nikia is handed a basket of flowers, in which a poisonous snake is hidden. Snake stings Nikiya, and she dies, before dying reminding Solor of the oath of eternal love, which he gave her. Solor is heartbroken, but Raja insists on the wedding and the wedding is in progress. The Great Brahmin joins the hands of the bride and the groom, but the anger of Vishnu overtakes them: the palace collapses, burying everyone under its rubble …. During its long history, the ballet has undergone many changes, many choreographers from Chabukiani to Nureyev tried to re-look at the “Bayadere” and show its viewer in a new form: some have changed the original formulation, others, on the contrary, tried to get closer to the original source. One can argue about the idea of Petipa himself, but one ballet is definitely an amazing combination of classical dances with an exotic plot. The bright colors of the east, brahmins, fakirs, dancers of the ancient temple fascinate viewers around the world. The performance absorbed the artistic finds of many ballet theaters, her dramaturgy and poetics became different from other ballet productions. Having passed through the scenes of the whole world, the ballet continues to be, according to critics, typically “Petersburg”: based on the unsurpassed combination of refined plastic arts of dance, beauty and sophistication of form and high skill of the artists.
La Bayadere- Paris 1992
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