Minkus: La Bayadère (Blu-Ray) – The Royal Ballet

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Minkus: La Bayadère (Blu-Ray) – The Royal Ballet

Composer: Ludwig Minkus
Artists: Marianela Núñez, Vadim Muntagirov, Natalia Osipova, Gary Avis, Thomas Whitehead, Yuhui Choe, Yasmine Naghdi, Akane Takada, Alexander Campbell, Royal Opera House Orchestra, Royal Ballet
Choreographer: Natalia Makarova, after Marius Petipa
Conductor: Boris Gruzin
Director: Natalia Makarova
Format: NTSC
Language: English (bonus features)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: BBC/Opus Arte
Blu-Ray Release Date: February 14, 2020
Run Time: 128 minutes; plus 8 minutes bonus features

Natalia Makarova’s acclaimed production of this 19th-century classic ballet brings a world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life. Featuring opulent sets by Pier Luigi Samaritani and beautiful costumes by Yolanda Sonnabend, it stars Marianela Núñez as the Bayadère (temple dancer) Nikiya, Vadim Muntagirov as Solor and Natalia Osipova as Gamzatti, whose alluring presence challenges Solor’s love for Nikiya.

From its premiere, the ballet was universally hailed by contemporary critics as one of original choreographer Marius Petipa’s supreme masterpieces, particularly the scene from the ballet known as The Kingdom of the Shades, which became one of the most celebrated pieces in all of classical ballet.

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In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.



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