La Bayadère

Metropolitan Opera House
New York, New York 

Amid the sweeping vistas and grand temples of mystical India, Natalia Makarova's staging of this great Russian classic is a glorious epic of eternal love and godly revenge. La Bayadère offers tour de force performances by ABT Principal Dancers as the tale's doomed temple dancer Nikiya, the warrior who betrays her, Solor, and her archrival, Gamzatti. The ballet also features the famed vision of the "Kingdom of the Shades" showcasing the corps de ballet in gossamer white tutus, filling the stage in perfect unison, as sublime as angels arriving from heaven.

Choreography by: Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa
Music by: Ludwig Minkus, specially arranged by John Lanchbery
Set by: PierLuigi Samaritani
Costumes by: Theoni V. Aldredge
Lighting by: Toshiro Ogawa


Paloma Herrera in La Bayadère.
Photo: Gene Schiavone.