Tonight, there will be a special one-off live showing of the Royal Ballet’s La Bayadere production at the IMF cinema in Torrevieja.

This 19th century Russian classic ballet is being transmitted to cinemas across the globe from London, bringing an exotic world of temple dancers and noble warriors to life.

The story

Nikiya, a temple dancer, is in love with the warrior Solor. The High Brahmin also desires Nikiya, and when she rejects him, he plans to take revenge on Solor.

The production

An iconic 19th-century Russian ballet, La Bayadère was originally performed at the Bolshoi Theatre in St Petersburg in 1877 and was regularly performed within the former Soviet Union throughout the 20th century. It remained unknown in the West until the Kirov Ballet featured an extract of it in their 1961 tour. Natalia Makarova saw La Bayadère as a child in Leningrad and created this production in 1980. It was first performed by The Royal Ballet in 1989.

The ballet’s most famous moment is the ethereal ‘Kingdom of the Shades’ scene, in which the intoxicated Solor sees a seemingly endless sequence of white-wreathed Shades, dressed all in white and dancing in perfect unison.

The music

Czech composer and violinist Ludwig Minkus composed the music for more than twenty Russian ballets, including La Bayadère. Although his name may not be as widely known as the likes of Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninoff, Minkus’s music is amongst the most performed in all ballet: conductor Martin Yates describes him as one of the ‘founding fathers’ of Russian ballet music.

Date: Tuesday 13 November 2018

Time: 20.15h

Place: IMF cinema

Address: Póligono San José 10, Calle Francisco Alonso Lorenzo, 2, 03184 Torrevieja

Entrance: 7€