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La Bayadère

22. March–7. April
Main Stage
2 h 50 min

An enchanting ballet journey

This Russian classic has been delighting audiences for close to 150 years. Now it is returning to the Main Stage.

Ever since its first premiere in St. Petersburg in 1877, this ballet about the temple dancer (bayadère) Nikiya has captivated audiences. So did the Norwegian National Ballet in 2019, when the press described their version of La Bayadère as “a masterpiece” – and “hypnotic in its precision”.

The version that is returning to the Main Stage was created for the American Ballet Theatre by the legendary Russian dancer Natalia Makarova, whose ballet is based on Marius Petipa’s original choreography.

A rare opportunity to see the classic that suddenly became controversial

La Bayadère is a piece of ballet history, and it also contains numerous aspects that may be difficult for today’s audiences to identify with. For this reason, ballet houses around the world are currently engaging in dialogue about whether this classic still deserves a rightful place in the repertoire. With its exotic elements and opium dreams, it gives us an escapist tableau from another world – like the operas and ballets of the 1800s often offered audiences an escape from reality and everyday life; a journey to a magical place. How do we relate past depictions of other places and cultural stereotypes in our modern world?

Spectacular scenes

In an Indian-inspired setting, Nikiya and Princess Gamzatti fight over the warrior prince Solor, putting their heart into brilliant dance. La Bayadère includes The Kingdom of the Shades – the iconic dream scene with 28 female dancers together on stage.

Impossible leaps and classical enchantment (...) Hypnotic in its precision.


The Norwegian performing art scene has become even richer. As an audience, you cannot be anything other than captivated by this masterpiece.


Russian classic

Natalia Makarova’s version of La Bayadère descends from the original production from 1877. The ballet was often performed in the former Soviet Union and was part of the Russian repertoire with which Makarova grew up. In the West, La Bayadère was not performed until 1961, when the Kirov Ballet toured with The Kingdom of the Shades.

La Bayadère is a production from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London.

Classical ballet at its very best. (...) The quality of this production is extremely high in every aspect.


A cornucopia of glitter, brocade, virtuosity and symmetrical aesthetics, skilfully presented by a company on its way up. A magical, classic experience.


80 – 880 kr
  • Tuesday 22. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Wednesday 23. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 26. March
    18:00 / Main Stage
  • Monday 28. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Wednesday 30. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Monday 4. April
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Tuesday 5. April
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Thursday 7. April
    19:00 / Main Stage