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'La Bayadère' encore on Sunday

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 1:00 AM

La Bayadère, performed by the Bolshoi Ballet, will have an encore performance at the Palace Cineplex and Palace Multiplex on Sunday, February 1, at 11:30 a.m. It is one of Marius Petipa's greatest works - a tale of passion, betrayal and redemption set in India.

The ballet was first performed in St Petersburg in 1877. Petipa, often called "the father of classical ballet", is considered the most influential choreographer in history, yet the ballet remained virtually unknown in the West until Rudolf Nureyev, the renowned Soviet dancer who defected while on a European tour, brought the third act to the US in 1961.

La Bayadère refers to an Indian temple dancer. The work is a seminal one in the classical repertoire and is a magnificent production. The tragic tale of Nikiya's doomed love for the warrior Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India, in a new scenic version by Bolshoi Ballet master, Yuri Grigorovich.

The scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades is one of the most celebrated in the history of ballet. This version cleverly concludes in that scene, which means that the work ends where its heart lies, with the great pas de deux of love between Solor and Nikiya and with its formal highpoint -a great procession of gauzy ghosts moving in perfect union across the darkness.

Tickets are on sale at participating cinema box offices and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com.