“Peter's scenic design is not a realistic depiction of India,” observes Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch, who serves as the ballet's choreographer. “It's like looking through an old picture book from western culture with a view of romanticized India. The production has a very painterly look, almost reminiscent of Monet, which gives it dreaminess and romance.”
“La Bayadère is a legendary ballet, with the third act Kingdom of the Shades reigning as one of the most memorable dance sequences in the classical tradition,” explains Ashley Wheater, Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director. “136 years after its creation, I sought a fresh way of telling the story. Stanton Welch’s production breathes new life into La Bayadère, while retaining the best of Marius Petipa’s original choreography. Stanton has compressed and clarified the story, focusing on physical action rather than traditional pantomime. The story is told through movement with athleticism that appeals to contemporary audiences.”
Although the exact origin of the story of La Bayadère is unknown, it is an example of 19th century Romantic ballets set in an exotic location with a fascination with the Orient, spiritualism, triangular relationships, ethereal beings and dramatic plot lines.
Featuring a score by Ludwig Minkus as arranged by John Lanchbery, La Bayadère is presented with orchestral accompaniment by The Chicago Philharmonic conducted by Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck.
The show runs from October 16 to October 27, 2013, at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on 50 E. Congress Parkway. Single tickets range from $31 to $152 and are available in the lobby of Joffrey Tower on 10 E. Randolph Street and at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University as well as as through Ticketmaster at 800-982-2787 or online www.ticketmaster.com.
For more information on The Joffrey Ballet and its programs, visit joffrey.org.