La Bayadere: The Temple Dancer
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.
Presented by The Joffrey Ballet
Thru - Oct 27, 2013
Show Type: Dance
Box Office: 312-992-2110
Running Time: 2hrs, 20mins; two intermission
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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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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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