A review of a recorded performance of the Paris Opera Ballet
in "La Bayadère" by Robert Johnson in The Star-Ledger.
Natalia Makarova’s version of “La Bayadère” for American Ballet Theatre is both more complete and more streamlined, restoring the apocalyptic ending that the Soviets had censored. Yet Nureyev, working with set designer Ezio Frigerio and costume designer Franca Squarciapino, knew how to dazzle.
In addition to eye-catching combinations of green, purple and gold, the ballet comes accessorized with glowing jalousies; an enormous stained-glass portal in the hero’s bedroom; and an elephant on wheels. Oh, and don’t forget the parrots, stuffed but probably still dizzy when the female corps takes them waltzing in Act II.