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06 November 2014 – 22 November 2014

Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre  View Seat Map
Presented by: The Australian Ballet

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The gilded exoticism of ancient India meets the purity of classical ballet


Vengeful love, deadly snakes, opium dreams and graceful wraiths

La Bayadère has it all: a heady mix of temple dancers, angry gods and scheming villains, with a ballet blanc interlude showing classical technique in all its luminous perfection. Nikiya, a temple dancer, falls in love with the warrior Solor. The two swear their devotion, but the Rajah’s daughter Gamzatti has her eye on Solor, and some evil plans for her rival. When Nikiya dies, bitten by Gamzatti’s snake, the distraught Solor takes opium and dreams of Nikiya in the Himalayan Kingdom of the Shades. By the ballet’s end, justice has been spectacularly done and the lovers are united in death.

Stanton Welch, resident choreographer of The Australian Ballet and artistic director of Houston Ballet, injects a hint of Bollywood sass into this dramatic tale, while celebrated designer Peter Farmer conjures up an opulent, painterly vision of 19th-century Orientalism, spiced with bare midriffs, harem pants and live snakes.

“…a treat you really should not miss” Houston Press

Full-length story ballet

Choreographer Stanton Welch
Music Ludwig Minkus
arranged by John Lanchbery
Costume and set design Peter Farmer
Lighting design Francis Croese

With Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra

Did you know …
La Bayadère was one of the first ballets for which our medical team designed a specific dancer injury prevention program. Developed in 2005, the program has been adapted and used internationally.

Pricing Information

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Standard $36 - $224
Pensioner $36 - $189
*Senior $36 - $206
*Youth 26 years and under $36 - $183
*Australian Full-Time Student $36 - $183
**Children 17 years and under $36 - $154
^Groups 10+ (A-C Reserve only) $74 - $185
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$8.50 - Internet
$5.00 - Box Office Counter

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Performance Dates

Thursday 06 November 7.30pm
Friday 07 November 7.30pm
Saturday 08 November 1.30pm
Saturday 08 November 7.30pm
Monday 10 November 7.30pm
Tuesday 11 November 7.30pm
Wednesday 12 November 1.30pm
Wednesday 12 November 7.30pm
Thursday 13 November 7.30pm
Friday 14 November 7.30pm
Saturday 15 November 1.30pm
Saturday 15 November 7.30pm
Monday 17 November 6.30pm
Tuesday 18 November 7.30pm
Wednesday 19 November 7.30pm
Thursday 20 November 7.30pm
Friday 21 November 7.30pm
Saturday 22 November 1.30pm

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