Ballet in three acts.
Choreography: Natalia Makarova
After: Marius Petipa
Music: Lidwig Minkus
Orchestrated by: John Lanchbery
Naralia Makarova's production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.
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.
Approximate running time 3 hours 5 minutes, including two intervals. Cast and running time subject to change.