Ludwig Minkus

La Bayadére

Janáček Theatre / Ballet Dates and tickets

Exotic story from the treasures of classical ballet.

Although the classical ballet La Bayadère premiered in the choreography of the well‑known Marius Petipa at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg in 1877, it is often performed on leading world stages to this day thanks to its oriental fairy‑tale subject and brilliant dance technique. The story takes place in old India. The love between the temple dancer Nikiya (the bayadère) and the military commander Solor angers powerful enemies – The High Brahmin, The Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti, Solor’s fiancée. Nikiya dies in the middle of a religious celebration after being bitten by a viper, hidden in a donated flower basket. Only in the world of dreams does Solor meet the shadow of his beloved Nikiya. And so the ballet is the story of an unfulfilled love with a tragic end, where the ethereal beings of an unreal world confront the real world. It is remarkable that despite its undisputed choreographic, dramaturgical and musical quality, La Bayadére has waited 126 long years for its Czech premiere – at our theatre. The renewed premiere is presented in the new stage design by Slovak artist Marek Hollý.

Renewed premiere: 18th of October 2019 at Janáček Theatre



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duration: 2 hours 25 minutes
one intermission 25 minutes
suitable for children of 8 years and older




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Poster photography: Pavel Hejný

Poster design: Robert V. Novák

Performance pictures: Ctibor Bachratý

Video recording of the performance: Pavel Slavík

Trailer editor: Martin Svobodník

Short documentary video: Rebeka Uličná

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Production team

Ludwig Minkus Author / Music
John Lanchbery Music Adaptation
Sergei Khudekhov Libretto
Marius Petipa Libretto
Jaroslav Slavický Libretto adaptation, Choreography and Direction after Marius Petipa
Pavel Šnajdr Conductor
Marek Hollý Set Design
Josef Jelínek Costume Design
Jana Přibylová Assistant Choreographer
Ivan Příkaský Assistant Choreographer
Jana Ruggieri Assistant Choreographer
Luděk Mrkos Stage Manager


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