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La Bayadere

When:

Mon 5 Sep 2016, 7:00pm–9:30pm
Tue 6 Sep 2016, 7:00pm–9:30pm

Where: Queenstown Memorial Centre, 1 Memorial Drive, Queenstown

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Admission: $25.56 ($22.50 + $3.06 fees)
  • Child Admission: $14.35 ($14.00 + $0.35 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale

Listed by: cartwright_alexis

Presented by the Aotearoa National Youth Ballet, La Bayadere is a ballet in three acts and seven scenes, choreographed by Marius Petipa. It was first performed by the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg in 1877.

La Bayadere takes place in the Royal India of long ago. As the ballet begins, we learn that Nikiya, a beautiful temple dancer, is in love with a young warrior named Solor. However, Solor is engaged to the Rajah's daughter. During the betrothal, Nikiya is forced to dance, after which she receives a basket of flowers from the Rajah's daughter. The basket contains a deadly snake and Nikiya dies.

Solor dreams of reuniting with Nikiya in the Kingdom of the Shades. He then awakens, remembering that he's still engaged. At his wedding, however, he sees a vision of Nikiya. He mistakenly says his vows to her, instead of his bride-to-be. The gods become infuriated and destroy the palace. Solor and Nikiya reunite in spirit, in the Kingdom of the Shades.