Nov 18 2010
La Bayadère is my new favorite ballet. I saw it this past weekend at the Boston Opera House and absolutely LOVED it! La Bayadère was first performed in 1877 by the Imperial Ballet at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Choreographed by Marius Petipa and composed by Ludwig Minkus, La Bayadère is a romantic ballet set in ancient India.
The first act begins with temple dancers, Bayadères, celebrating the Indian Ritual of Fire. During this ceremony, the High Brahmin declares his love for the most beautiful Bayadère, Nikiya. But Nikiya rejects him and instead meets secretly with Solor. They dance and swear eternal love over the Sacred Fire. The High Brahmin sees them together and in an act of jealousy, he vows to take revenge on Solor. Continue Reading »Read more: Art & Architecture, Ballet, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Opera House, General, India, Museums, News, Theatre & Opera, Travel