La Bayadère Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa
One of the greatest classical ballets of our time
La Bayadère, the ballet about the love between the Indian temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor has been capturing the hearts of ballet-lovers for nearly 140 years. ‘If you don’t enjoy La Bayadère, you really don’t enjoy ballet’, said the famous dance critic Clive Barnes.
Dutch National Ballet is dancing La Bayadère in the highly acclaimed version first created for the prestigious American Ballet Theatre by former Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova, based on the original choreography by Marius Petipa, from 1877. Although the Mariinsky Ballet (then still the Kirov Ballet) danced the famous second act of La Bayadère in London and Paris in 1961, Makarova was the first to introduce the complete ballet to the West in 1980. Since then, there have been several interpretations by other choreographers, but Makarova’s production is still regarded internationally as the most beautiful and poetic La Bayadère.
Watch the trailer for La Bayadère.
See how Principal dancer Daniel Camargo gets ready for La Bayadère.
Watch the animation film for La Bayadère.
Watch fragments of the famous Opium scene of La Bayadère.
Natalia Makarova was born in St Petersburg in 1940. At the age of thirteen, she was admitted to the Vaganova Academy, where – in view of her late start and great talent – she joined a special class, in which pupils completed the course in six years, instead of the usual nine.
Who is dancing when?
The castlist is always subject to change!
Soloists La Bayadère
Nikiya Solor Gamzatti
Sa 5 November 16 20:15 Anna Tsygankova Daniel Camargo Wen Ting Guan
Su 6 November 16 14:00 Anna Ol Young Gyu Choi Qian Liu
Tu 8 November 16 20:15 Anna Ol Young Gyu Choi Qian Liu
Th 10 November 16 20:15 Sasha Mukhamedov Jozef Varga Vera Tsyganova
Sa 12 November 16 20:15 Anna Tsygankova Vito Mazzeo Floor Eimers
Su 13 November 16 14:00 Sasha Mukhamedov Jozef Varga Vera Tsyganova
La Bayadère is one of the many ‘exotic’ spectacular productions created by the French-Russian ballet master Marius Petipa between 1860 and 1880, but it is the only one that has stood the test of time. This is mainly because the love story filled with intrigues, jealousy, deceit and regret, which is situated in India, also contains extraordinarily pure classical dance, which gives the dancers every opportunity to shine. According to Makarova, on the one hand La Bayadère is a perfect example of pure classicism, while on the other it is so contemporary that it will continue forever: ‘The themes of love, passion, betrayal and revenge are timeless and will always appeal to people’.
Natalia Makarova, legendary coach
Just as in 2007, when La Bayadère was danced by Dutch National Ballet for the first time, the legendary Makarova (St Petersburg, 1940) is coming to Amsterdam in person to teach the ballet. To be coached by this legendary prima ballerina is a unique opportunity for our dancers – and in particular for our principals. In a masterclass in 2007, the public were also given the chance to watch how she managed to coax the most out of each dancer – relentlessly, but with humour.
As a dancer, Natalia Makarova quickly drew attention, which she says was partly thanks to La Bayadère. She had just joined the Kirov Ballet at the age of nineteen when she suddenly had to stand in for a colleague in the ‘parrot dance’. ‘I’d never rehearsed the part with the parrot attached to my wrist, and I made a mess of it. Afterwards, I had to go and see the director Grigorovich. I thought I’d be fired, but he said: “Okay, tomorrow you’ll start learning the double role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake”’. From that day on, Makarova has only danced leading roles.
Ludwig Minkus – La Bayadère, arranged for orchestra by John Lanchbery
Dutch Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Boris Gruzin / Ermanno Florio
Dutch Ballet Orchestra combines music and dance into a magical experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, and from music education to talent development. Dutch Ballet Orchestra is proud of its close relationship with Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. The working method is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as principal conductor, consists of a regular core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest performers. This lends great flexibility and dynamism to the orchestra and ensures its high quality. Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with a unique character, passionate about continually achieving its mission: to move people through music.
After the performance of La Bayadère, on Sunday13 November, Sasha Mukhamedov and Jozef Varga will be at the shop to sign your purchases. This signing session is only for people with tickets for the matinee performance!
Dramatically gripping and spectacularly beautiful.
‘A must voor ballet-lovers and all would-be ballet-lovers’.