American Ballet Theatre returns with the full-length classical ballet La Bayadère. Set in India, the ballet's tragic love triangle bears a strong resemblance to the better-known opera Aida, in which a triumphant warrior is his sovereign's choice to marry the ruler's daughter, but the warrior is in love with another, here a sacred temple dancer who is also being eyed in an unpriestly manner by the temple's head priest. The demanding choreography and sumptuous production showcase efforts at bribery, a flower basket containing a poisonous snake, an opium-induced vision and the ballet's signature mystical procession of ballerinas descending like a mirror image of the temple dancer. On opening night, local Misty Copeland dances the Raja's daughter, Gamzatti, with Isabella Boylston as the temple dancer Nikiya and Jeffrey Cirio as the warrior Solor. Check casting for the other two performances online.
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