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Tuesday 27 August 2019 - 20:30

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Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre: “The Bayadere”
Homage to Rudolf Nureyev
The Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre, created in 1938, presented its first ballet in 1940, and in 1944 saw great success with the patriotic ballet by Zagir Ismagilov and Leo Stepanov, “Crane Song”. One year later, Rudolf Nureyev would attend one of the performances and this would be a revelation. It would lead him to begin dancing, beginning with traditional style before joining the troupe of this ballet.
Since its creation, the theatre has presented more than 100 shows and has performed in the Netherlands, China, Mexico, Brazil, Portugal and the United States. The theatre is also a member of the Association of Musical Theatres and takes part in numerous festivals, including “The Russian Seasons”, and “The Golden Mask”, Bangkok’s dance festival. For years, the troupe has worked with Yury Grigorovich, the former director of the Bolshoi Ballet, who has staged seven shows in Ufa. It was on his initiative that the Rudolf Nureyev Festival was created in 1993, in the name of the famous dancer and choreographer who took his first artistic steps in Ufa.

Rudolf Nureyev’s last ballet, La Bayadere is both a sumptuous oriental dream and the choreographic testament of a flamboyant dancer. A masterpiece of the Russian repertoire, this ballet was presented in full in France for the first time in 1992, the date it was created at the Paris Opera. The troubled love of Hindu dancer Nikiya and the noble warrior Solor, choreographed by Marius Petipa to music by Ludwig Minkus was only revealed in Europe in 1961, during a tour by Kirov that Nureyev would use to definitely leave the land of his birth…
Only the Kingdom of Shadows, an extract from Act III and considered as the summit of choreographic art, was danced in the West at that time. Passed on by generations of dancers, La Bayadere has seen many adaptations before coming to use in the form we know today. Inspired by the version he danced himself, Nureyev recomposed the ballet, offering a show in his image: sparkling and virtuoso, served by the shimmering sets and costumes inspired by ancient Persia and a fantasy India. La Bayadere has remained a feast for the eyes, with its hints of bravery and great ensemble movements. The Theatre is reworking this choreography in homage to Rudolf Nureyev, whose family was from Ufa, the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan in the western slope of the Urals.

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