- 2013 04.09~ 04.14
- Opera Theater, Seoul Arts Center
- Above Elementary Schoolchild
- Running time
- 132 min
- Standard price
Newly excavated hidden jewel of Russian ballet
Yuri Grigorovich’s “La Bayadère” was reinterpreted for the Bolshoi Ballet, based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa choreographed in 1877. Korean National Ballet has already presented Grigorovich’s masterpieces—“Swan Lake,” “The Nutcracker,” “Spartacus,” “Raimonda,” “Romeo and Juliet.” Now it is introducing the maestro’s sixth masterpiece.
“La” is a French definitive and “bayadère” is a dancer in Hindi; hence, the title means the dancer, referring to Nikiya. It is often considered as a ballet blockbuster. Set in ancient India, it presents the audience with luxurious stage, hundreds of dancers, and four hundreds of costumes.
Music was composed by Minkus. The script is based on “Shakuntala,” a Sanskrit play.
“La Bayadère” depicts Nikiya, a bayadère at a Hindi temple, Solor, a young warrior who is in love with Nikiya, and Gamzatti, fiancée of Solor, in love triangle. The Kingdom of Shadow in which Nikiya and Solor meet again also features 32 shadows in white tutus. This specific scene makes “La Bayadère” the most representative ballet romantique, together with “Gieselle,” and “Swan Lake.”
In the Western countries, “La bayadère” was only introduced in part the scene of the Kingdom of Shadows--by Rudolf Nureyev in 1960s. Natalia Makarova recreated it in its entirety which is still performed by the Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom. There are very few ballet companies which are capable of performing “La Bayadère”: Mariinsky Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet, and Bolshoi Ballet.
Not only does it require a lot in terms of quantity but also quality of the dancers.
Korean National Ballet first performed “La Bayadère” in 1995. In 18 years, it is revisiting with a renewed version. Bolshoi Ballet still uses the design that recreates the costumes of 1877; while the choreography is restored and reinterpreted by Yuri Grigorovich, Korean National Ballet’s version is spiced up with Luigia Spinatelli’s new designs for the stage and costumes. The stage and costumes were produced in Italy.
Luke Jennings who reviewed the Bolshoi’s London tour in 2007 remarked that “Today Moscow rules, and the Mariinsky, […] , are a thing of shreds and patches. […] it is profoundly moving to watch them dance La Bayadère, dancer after dancer serenely inscribing her arabesque against the moonlight.”
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