On April 20, LNO to Feature First-Ever Latvian Production of La Bayadere
A major event will occur on April 20 at the Opera House, when the curtain rises on the first-ever production in Latvia of the captivating La Bayadere. Only a select few companies in the world are equipped to master this ballet, considered the highest height. Now the Latvian National Ballet company can be added to this list.
Audiences for over 100 years have been held spellbound by Marius Petipa's brilliant choreography, Ludwig Minkus’s glorious music, and the romantic tale of the temple dancer, the graceful bayadere Niki.
The new production, is staged by Aivars Leimanis, the company's artistic director. He is proud to point out that his troupe is so talented that it can afford to present La Bayadere with four sets of principals. "I am pleased with all of them. Even though I cannot promise scenes with several hundred dancers as it was at the premiere in St. Petersburg in 1877, I must point out that the entire ballet company takes part in the production, plus students from the Choreography School and a number of mimes," says Leimanis.
The conductor is Farhads Stade, but the striking sets and costumes by Ināra Gauja.