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14. September–9. October
Main Stage
2 h 45 min / 2 breaks

Fairytale ballet with historic whisper

Passion, rivalry and dance that takes your breath away – the Norwegian National Ballet is finally performing the entire Russian classic La Bayadère.

Since premiering at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1877, the ballet about the temple dancer (la bayadère) Nikiya has captivated audiences the world over. In an Indian-inspired setting, Nikiya and Princess Gamzatti fight over the warrior prince Solor, putting their heart into brilliant dance. It ends in tragedy: Nikiya loses the battle and dies – until she is reunited with Solor in the next life.

Spectacular scenes

In addition to immortal solos and pas de deux dances, La Bayadère also includes the dreamlike scene in Act 2 called The Kingdom of the Shades. This is one of the most beautiful ballet scenes of all times and a demonstration of the company’s mastery, which they also performed during the An Evening with the Masters: White nights in the spring of 2019. The Norwegian National Ballet now finally has the opportunity to dance the entire La Bayadère to Ludwig Minkus' dramatic music.

Russian classic

This version of La Bayadère – created for The Royal Ballet in London by the legendary Russian dancer Natalia Makarova – descends from the original production from 1877. La Bayadère was performed often in the former Soviet Union and Makarova saw it as a child. It was not until 1961 that it was performed in the West, when the Kirov Ballet toured with The Kingdom of the Shades. This scene was also produced by Rudolf Nurejev with The Royal Ballet in 1963, a resounding success and considered one of ballet history’s most important events ever since.

La Bayadère is a production from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London.

  • Free introduction in Norwegian one hour before the performance
  • Pre-order intermission refreshments at the opera:

Artistic team and roles

  • Choreography
    Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa
  • Music
    Ludwig Minkus
  • Arrangement
    John Lanchbery
  • Produktion
    Natalia Makarova
  • Set designer
    Pier Luigi Samaritani
  • Costume designer
    Yolanda Sonnabend
  • Loghting designer
    John B. Read
  • Video design
    59 Productions
  • Conductor
    Boris Gruzin
  • Performers
    The Norwegian National Ballet, The Opera Orchestra

Saturdance 31. August

At Saturdance events you can see excerpts from ballets about to première, and meet dancers, choreographers and Ballet Director Ingrid Lorentzen. The events provide an opportunity to get up close and personal with the dance and are free and open to everyone. And who knows, perhaps the youngest audience members will also have a chance to test out the dance floor afterwards? The events are held in the foyer.

There are no Saturdance events prior to repeat performances.

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  • Saturday 14. September
    18.00 / Main Stage
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  • Tuesday 17. September
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 20. September
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 21. September
    18.00 / Main Stage
  • Tuesday 24. September
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Thursday 26. September
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 27. September
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Sunday 6. October
    16.00 / Main Stage
  • Monday 7. October
    19.00 / Main Stage
  • Wednesday 9. October
    19.00 / Main Stage