Notes & Reviews:
Natalia Makarova's sumptuous recreation of Petipa's choreography, with atmospheric sets by Pier Luigi Samaritini and beautiful costumes by Yolanda Sonnabend, stars Tamara Rojo as the Bayadère (temple dancer) Nikiya, Carlos Acosta as Solor, and Marianela Nuñez as Gamzatti whose alluring presence challenges Solor's love for Nikiya. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.
The stars of the Royal Ballet were out in force for this production and the ROH definitely chose the right cast for the filming. Tamara Rojo, as the Bayadère of the title, is simply stunning, not only for her grace and lovely, slightly exotic looks but also for her impeccable technique. Everything she does is beautiful and appears unbelievably easy, whether she is negotiating complicated steps, fast pirouettes, a perfectly balanced attitude or fouettés. She is magnificent in every scene and her emotions appear very real: one can feel her love and her pain, making her Nikiya very moving. Carlos Acosta, playing Solor, may no longer be at the peak of his powers but technically, he still delivers a great performance. There is a little more effort noticeable in one or two of his jumps but his lightness still defies gravity;
Run Time: 167 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
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Works DetailsLéon Minkus (1826 - 1917) : La Bayadere, ballet
- Performers: Carlos Acosta (Dancer); Marianela Nunez (Dancer); Tamara Rojo (Dancer)
- Conductor: Valeriy Ovsyanikov
- Ensemble: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Ballet
- Written: 1877