75 Years
Kingdom of the Shades

Thursday, May 21, 2015 7:30PM
RMTC John Hirsch Mainstage

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Marius Petipa's exotic La Bayadére was given its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in St Petersburg in 1877. It was regularly performed within the former Soviet Union throughout the 20th century but was almost unknown in the West until 1961, when the touring Kiov Ballet performed the famous Kingdom of the Shades scene. Legendary India provides the setting for the tale of love, murder, and vengeful judgement by the gods, set to a lyrical score by Ludwig Minkus. La Bayadére's more frequently performed sequence is the dream-like Kingdom of the Shades, when a mesmerizing procession of ballernas dance in unison across a moonlit stage.

Anna Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa

Ludwig Minkus