Ballet in 3 Acts – Approximate running time:
3 hours and 5 minutes, including 2 intervals


Tuesday 13 November 2018

Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music  perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.

Choreography – Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa

Music – Ludwig Minkus

Orchestrated – John Lanchbery