Upcoming shows

Ballet in 3 acts
Valerii Kovtun edition
Beginning: 12.03.2019 - 19:00
Completion: 21:40
La Bayadere
Ludwig Minkus
La Bayadere
Libretto and choreography by Marius Petipa.
 
The ballet "La Bayadere" occupies a special place in the history of Ukrainian choreographic art.
 
It was this work that began its ballet on October 2, 1926 in Kyiv.
 
 
 
 

 

SUMMARY

 

Act 1
 
In the sacred forest, young warriors hunt a tiger. Solor orders the fakir Magdavaya to tell Nikiya that he will wait for her near the temple at night.
 
With the solemn appearance of the High Brahmin, priests, and bayaderes - servants of the temple, the feast of fire worship begins. The culmination of the celebration is the dance of the beautiful bayadere Nikiya.
 
His passionate love for Nikiya makes the High Brahmin forget even about the holy priesthood and the vow of celibacy associated with it. He promises her all the riches of India, whatever she wants. But Nikiya is not able to hide her disgust for the Brahmin.
 
Night. A secret meeting between Nikiya and Solor is guarded by Magdavaya. The High Brahmin notices them and swears revenge on the lovers.
 
Solor proposes to Nikiya that they run. Far from these places, where they are not known, they will be happy. The bayadere agrees, and Solor must take an oath of eternal loyalty to her.
 
...Morning. The Rajah Dugmanta announces to his daughter Gamzatti that she will become the wife of the best and bravest warrior of the principality - Solor. Gamzatti is happy, but Solor is at a loss: he does not dare to refuse such a high honor, but he loves Nikiya, to whom he swore an oath of loyalty.
 
Nikiya is invited to the palace to perform for Gamzatti’s bridal ceremony. The High Brahmin also comes. In an effort to rid himself of his rival, he tells the Rajah about the love of Nikiya and Solor. Dugmanta is furious, but his decision does not change: Solor will be the husband of his daughter, and the bayadere must die. The Brahmin did not expect such an outcome, and threatens even the punishment of God for the death of the bayadere, but Dugmanta is inexorable.
 
Gamzatti overheard this conversation. She orders slaves to bring Nikiya and seems to be showing her the portrait of her fiance by chance. Nikiya is desperate, she protests; Solor loves only her and belongs only to her! Gamzatti asks Nikiya to give up Solor, but the bayadere is ready to die rather than part with her beloved. The enraged Nikiya puts a dagger over her rival. A slave who appeared in time barely restrains her.
The Rajah's daughter swears: Nikiya will die.
 
Act 2
 
The garden in front of the Rajah’s palace. The wedding of Gamzatti and Solor.
 
Nikiya is obliged according to the rite to dance at the festival, but is unable to hide her grief. And now she is handed a basket of flowers - and hope, love, joy overwhelms her: of course, she rejoices, this is a gift from Solor! Suddenly, a snake crawls out of the flowers and fatally bites the bayadere. This is Gamzatti's revenge.
 
The High Brahmin promises an antidote if Nikiya will forget Solor, however she remains faithful to her love. While dying, Nikiya reminds her beloved of his oath.
 
Act 3
 
Solor is inconsolable. He is tormented by remorse. Magdavaya wants to distract the young man from heavy thoughts, calling for the snake charmer. To the sound of the flute, Solor falls into a dream.
 
Before him out of the darkness comes the kingdom of shadows. In a long chain they descend from the mountain. He sees Nikiya, who calls out to him.