Thursday, April 30, 2009

Weekend Events

The Royal Ballet presents

LA BAYADÈRE (The Temple Dancer)
An exotic tale of love and revenge in legendary India!
in Canadian cinemas from Covent Garden

The Royal Opera House

On Saturday May 2, Montreal distributor DigiScreen presents London's exquisite Royal Ballet in cinemas throughout Canada in one of the ballet's most popular productions LA BAYADÈRE (The Temple Dancer). The Royal Ballet production appears on over 30 Canadian screens as part of The Royal Opera House's international Opus Arte Cinema series. It is sure to be a thrilling treat for audiences to enjoy three of ballet's biggest stars - Tamara Rojo, Marianela Nuñez and Cuban superstar Carlos Acosta.

Romantic India provides the setting for one of The Royal Ballet's favourite full-length works: La Bayadère, a tale of love, murder and vengeful judgment by the gods. At the centre of this showcase of classical dancing is the warrior Solor (Carlos Acosta) and his love Nikiya (Tamara Rojo), the beautiful temple dancer (bayadère) of the title. Nikiya provokes the murderous jealousy of her wicked rival, Gamzatti (Marianela Nuñez), encouraged by the High Brahmin, whose own designs on the bayadère are far from pure. Seeking solace in opium after the death of his love, Solor hallucinates an afterworld – the Kingdom of the Shades – filled with one of classical dance's most famous images as multiple spectral Nikiyas fill the stage. With the collapse of the temple, destroyed by the gods, Solor and Nikiyia are finally reunited as spirits in the next world.

Originally choreographed in 1877 by Marius Petipa, La Bayadère was later adapted by The Kirov Ballet and re-created in this three-act version by Natalia Makarova with naturalistic and detailed designs that create a rich setting for an exotic tale. Two star ballerina roles, the epitome of a 'White' ballet and a Bronze Idol, who comes briefly but spectacularly to life, are just some of the elements that make this a perennial favourite of The Royal Ballet repertory.

"Gorgeous Dancing! I do love this lavish production!" – Ballet Magazine

With music by Ludwig Minkus orchestrated by John Lanchbery, La Bayadère was captured live at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in High Definition and Full Surround Sound on January 15 & 19th, 2008.

Montreal distributor DigiScreen Corporation, in partnership with Royal Opera House's Opus Arte releases 16-20 HD productions throughout the year.

Tickets will be available at $19.95 + tax per adult, $16.95 + tax per senior and $9.95 + tax per child. For cinema locations and to purchase advance tickets throughout Canada visit Empire For Landmark Cinemas in Alberta and BC, go to For independent theatres in Vancouver and Waterloo, please visit,

Photo Credit: © Igor Zakharkin

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