One of the most famous scenes in all of classical ballet is the Kingdom of the Shades, from La Bayadère, a ballet first staged at the Bolshoi in 1877 to choreography by the acclaimed Marius Pepita. While the ballet has long been popular in Russia, it arrived later in the west, thanks to a production using Rudolf Nureyev’s updated choreography at the Royal Ballet in London. (It was the acclaimed dancer and choreographer’s last ballet.) This winter, the Opéra National de Paris will be performing Nureyev’s staging of this tale of the tragic romance between a soldier and a temple dancer at the Opéra Bastille. From November 17 to December 31, 2015.
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