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La Bayadere: The Temple Dancer

Auditorium Theatre
50 East Congress Parkway Chicago

Set in India, La Bayadere: The Temple Dancer is the visually stunning story of a temple dancer, her lover and the vengeance that separates them. This opulent ballet has live snakes, gorgeous costumes, lavish sets, a passionate love triangle and breathtaking dancing. This is truly one of the greatest 19th century ballets, highlighted by the Kingdom of Shades scene, one of the most mesmerizing classical performances in all of ballet.

Thru - Oct 27, 2013



Price: $31-$152

Show Type: Dance

Box Office: 312-992-2110

Running Time: 2hrs, 20mins; two intermission

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  La Bayadere: The Temple Dancer Reviews

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...“La Bayadere,” with exquisite painted curtains and bejeweled costumes by Peter Farmer, also includes much fiendishly difficult dancing. And while its melodramatic love quadrangle can sometimes elicit laughter, its demanding pas de deux and (no doubt terrifying) showcase for the female corps generate pure pleasure."
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Hedy Weiss


Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...With an infectious score by Ludwig Minkus, La Bayadere: The Temple Dancer premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1877 at the Imperial Russian Ballet, choreographed by the great Marius Petipa (who would go on to greater glory with Tchaikovsky). Sadly, though the third act’s famous “Kingdom of the Shades” (a kind of Oriental take on Giselle and her posthumous Willis) remained in the world repertory, the full ballet disappeared until 1961. But three years ago Houston Ballet revived this too-rare gem, choreographed by Artistic Director Stanton Welch with splendid updated orchestrations by John Lanchbery. It’s this gorgeous and condensed revival, presented by the Joffrey Ballet and accompanied by The Chicago Philharmonic conducted by Scott Speck, that is here only until October 27."
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Lawrence Bommer



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