La Bayadère

© Bill Cooper
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Wednesday May 1 2013 19:30
The Royal Ballet performs 'La Bayadère', a simple story of love, jealousy and opium-induced hallucinations, telling the tale of beautiful temple dancer Nikiya, her rival Gamzatti and Solor, the warrior they both desire. Originally created in the late nineteenth-century (although this production by Natalia Makarova dates from 1980), it draws heavily on that era's fairytale ideas about the 'exotic' east. But the plush designs, unrestrained emotions and virtuoso dancing are contrasted by the classical purity of the famous 'Kingdom of the Shades' scene, where a stageful of white-tutu-clad dancers line up in identical arabesques – a feat the Royal Ballet corps de ballet achieves admirably.
Venue name: Royal Opera House
Contact:
Address: Bow St
London
WC2E 9DD
Opening hours: Check website for show times
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Price: £4-£93