La Bayadère is one of the most popular classical ballets. It is a love story narrated in gentle dancing duos and pantomimes, large ensembles of corps de ballet and impressive dancing of principle dancers.
The ballet’s exotic flair has fascinated spectators around the globe for nearly a century and a half. Its principle characters are an Indian temple dancer and a valiant warrior, whose love is ruined at the pleasure of a powerful raja. However, the holding power of the ballet, originated on the Russian imperial scene, is about not only oriental exotica, piquant dancing or stately appearances of priests. The performance dazzles with its magic contrast between colorful hectic festivities and elevated detachment of the famous Kingdom of the Shades scene, with its hypnotizing melancholy being second to none in poetic generalization.