La Bayadère

Marius Petipa: La Bayadère La Bayadère. Ekaterina Petina. ©Wilfried Hösl Marius Petipa: La Bayadère
Patrice Bart, Marius Petipa

Music by Ludwig Minkus

La Bayadère was the first work in a series of successful reconstructions of 19th century repertory which has been – almost – completed in Munich. This splendid full-length gem of a true Russian classic by master choreographer Marius Petipa, focuses on the two characters of Nikija and Solor, caught in a complicated triangle relationship. Petipa stands for the great era of the Russian Imperial ballet at the Mariinsky Theater St. Petersburg. Most audiences today associate him with the famous and ever popular Tchaikovsky-ballets: The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake or Don Quixote with music by Ludwig Minkus.

Created in 1877, La Bayadère is a mixture of an exotic tale, a thriller and a celebration of virtuosity. At its center are the two lovers: the priestess, the Bayadère, Nikija and the soldier Solor. The latter however is promised in marriage to Gamzatti, the daughter of the Radja, whilst the Great Brahman has fallen in love with his priestess Nikija. Nikija falls victim to murder by her rival and Solor dreams himself into the 'Kingdom of Shades' in order to be reunited with his love. What follows is one of the most famous, magnificent white acts in ballet history.

The Bavarian State Ballet has worked on this version, together with the French choreographer Patrice Bart and the Japanese stage- and costume designer Tomio Mohri. The heart of the piece, the 'Kingdom of Shades' act, the betrothal celebration scene with it ceremonious line filing dance and some elaborate pantomime scenes can be seen in its original version.

The final act, lost in Russia since the beginning of the century, is part a new creation, part reconstruction.



Sunday, 19 May 2013
3.00 p.m. - app. 5.35 p.m.
Playing time: 2 hours 35 minutes (1 intermission)
2.15 p.m. : Introductory event for Children
Prices F
Performance for family
Open ticket sales
Reduced prices for the Program Young Audience

Choreographie Patrice Bart
Marius Petipa
Bühne und Kostüme Tomio Mohri
Licht Maurizio Montobbio
Musikalische Einrichtung Maria Babanina
Dramaturgie Wolfgang Oberender
Musikalische Leitung Myron Romanul

Nikija Lisa-Maree Cullum.
Gamzatti Ivy Amista
Solor LukᚠSlavický
Brahmane Peter Jolesch
Radscha Norbert Graf
Aija Elaine Underwood
Das Goldene Idol Karen Azatyan

Soloists and corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet
The Bavarian State Orchestra