The Last Act
Posted 07 March 2003 - 03:23 PM
By the way, I have a few other questions about the plot of La Bayadere, such as:
What actually happens during Solor's visit to the Kingdom of the Shades? Is it just dancing, with no plot at all? This seems a little unlikely, given that other Petipa dream sequences at least have some connection to the action besides "Solor smokes opium and has a vision."
Why exactly does the Rajah want Solor to marry Gamzatti so badly? Can he just not find anyone else in the right caste? Or perhaps because Solor and Nikiya are from different castes, they can't publicly declare their love?
Posted 07 March 2003 - 04:44 PM
Hope this bit helps.
Posted 08 March 2003 - 01:28 AM
Still according to the original Petipa notes, the Rajah wants Solor to marry Gamzatti because he was designed as her fiance when they were children, so he has the obligation to marry her.
About Solor and Nikiya, Nikiya is destined to the temple since she is a child and her duty is to it, she can't leave it or marry so Solor promises her to come and fetch her in a few days and escape, but then he has to marry Gamzatti, and he tries to escape from it by saying he needs a bit of time, but the Rajah answers he can't refuse and has to accept the marriage now.
Posted 08 March 2003 - 08:34 AM
By the way, I thought the final tableau was of Nikiya leading Solor up to heaven, and that the temple was destroyed just before the marriage took place...perhaps Makarova just changed that around a bit in her production. However, that's interesting--that Solor and Nikiya are not together in the end after all.
Posted 08 March 2003 - 12:27 PM
The creators dont'; seem to have been concerned with as much analysis and logic as we seem to be today.
Posted 08 March 2003 - 01:24 PM
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Posted 15 September 2003 - 06:24 PM
Le dieu et la bayadère.
Beaumont, Cyril William, 1891- Complete book of ballets. London  p 88-94
Bayadère (Choreographic work : Deshayes)
Authority Note :Chor: André-Jean-Jacques Deshayes; mus: Daniel-François-Esprit Auber. First perf: London, King's Theatre, May 26, 1831, Marie Taglioni.
*MGTB (English) Guest, Ivor. The romantic ballet in England, 1954, p 57, 157. La bayadère is a "compressed version" of Le dieu et la bayadère and was danced in London in 1831 by Marie Taglioni.
Posted 15 September 2003 - 06:53 PM
Posted 25 October 2009 - 06:01 PM
I am coming to this (and other Bayadere) threads very late, but the music and the dancing have only recently come to fascinate me.
indeed, manhattnik! i thought of her as driven by that-which-must-be-done, like a wili who regardless of what her feelings would have been when alive, has to dance men to death.
There have been several analogies made between Giselle and Nikaya along class lines. What I have not yet seen is the notion that Nikaya, as a temple dancer, is holy to the gods, maybe even equal to the Rajah's caste in a parallel religious caste structure. She is clearly the principal temple dancer, after all. In which case, the gods' vengeance makes a kind of sense whether or not she broke a vow of chastity.
Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:47 AM
final price for his actions. He dreams of the Kingdom of Shades in a drug invoked state, that Nikiya has forgiven him, does he awake from his dream, or is the destruction of the temple a premanition of what is to come?
Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:04 PM
it's perhaps useful to remember that the opium-induced dream was a latter addition to the action of LA BAYADERE.
for the end of Act 3, sc. 4, entitled The Appearance of the Shade in Solor's room in the rajah's palace, the original 1877 libretto includes no opium; instead, it concludes as Solor falls unconscious on the divan. A dream comes over him and he falls asleep, never ceasing to think about the shade [of Nikiya who has appeared in his room].
The next scene, no. 5, The Kingdom of the Shades concludes with text that says: If you do not betray me,' Nikya continues, 'your spirit shall find rest here, in this kingdom of the shades.
Scene 6 is entitled Solor's awakening. - these libretto translations are taken from Roland John Wiley's A CENTURY OF RUSSIAN BALLET.
Posted 27 January 2013 - 01:50 PM
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