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THE NATIONAL BALLET OF UKRAINE PERFORMS THE ROMANTIC CLASSIC LA BAYADÈRE PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MONTREAL!

Les Grands Ballets / La Bayadere du Ballet national d'Ukraine Press Release PDF The National Ballet of Ukraine is returning to Montreal with La Bayadère, an Indian epic of eternal love complete with lush temples, fanciful costumes, Hindu gods and vibrant colours. This event will mark history since it will be the first time the ballet is presented in Montreal, at the Salle Wilfrid- Pelletier of Place des Arts on February 20, 21 and 22, 2014.
Bayadère is the French word for the Hindu devadâsî. This girl – or literally, servant of god – was married to a deity and dedicated her life to serving that deity. In addition to taking care of the temple and performing rituals, her acts of worship also included dance and music…
At the centre of this classic ballet is the bayadère, Nikiya. Although she has been “married” to a deity and must spend her life serving this deity, Nikiya loves Solor, a noble warrior, and is desired by a High Brahmin in the temple. The events that follow – lust, betrayal, death and revenge – are inevitable, but after the gods unleash their vengeance, the bonds of eternal love remain unbroken. Marius Petipa’s La Bayadère premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1877; Natalia Makarova created this version for American Ballet Theatre in 1980. “The story is Shakespearean,” Makarova explains. “About eternal things: love, jealousy, betrayal, retribution, the choice between love and duty. As humans, we are always interested in this.” A scene from the ballet, known as “The Kingdom of Shadows”, is one of the most famous in the history of ballet. Set to music by Austrian composer Ludwig Minkus, La Bayadère will be enthral Montreal audiences next February.

ABOUT NATALIA MAKAROVA

This Soviet-born prima ballerina began her training in Leningrad at the advanced age of 13. Thanks to a special experimental class that condensed a nine-year program into six, Makarova graduated in 1959 and promptly joined the Kirov Ballet, where she rapidly distinguished herself in Russia and around the world. Thirsting for greater artistic freedom, Makarova requested (and was granted) asylum while on tour in England in 1970. Later that year, she premiered with the American Ballet Theatre and gradually danced her way through the company’s vast repertoire. Her dazzling career continued with The Royal Ballet and as a guest artist with major companies around the world, including Paris Opera Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and Roland Petit’s Ballets de Marseille. A highly acclaimed actress and theatre performer, Natalia Makarova has also staged numerous ballets for companies around the world. Her choreography work is characterized by elegant reconstructions of the classical repertoire.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BALLET OF UKRAINE

In the grand tradition of Russian ballet, the National Ballet of Ukraine has been a veritable benchmark in dance since it was offi cially founded in the early 20th century. Over the last 100 years, the National Ballet of Ukraine has confi rmed its reputation as one of the world’s foremost troupes with countless international and prestigious awards, extensive touring in Europe, Asia and North America, and a vast repertoire of high-calibre works. Denis Matvienko has been at the helm of the National Ballet of Ukraine since November 2011. Based in Kiev, the National Ballet of Ukraine last appeared in Montreal in March 2012, upon the invitation of Les Grands Ballets, with a stunning presentation of another romantic classic, Swan Lake.
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