Natalia Makarova’s production of this 19th Century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.
Broadcast LIVE from the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE London
Choreography – NATALIA MAKAROVA after MARIUS PETIPA
Music – LUDWIG MINKUS
Orchestrated by JOHN LANCHBERRY
Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.
Curtain Rises at 7.15pm
Doors and Bar open 6.30pm
Approximate running time: 185 minutes including two intervals