Start date: 25 Mar 2015
End date: 28 Mar 2015
Venue: Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London
Venue address: Linbury Studio Theatre, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom
Box office: 020 7304 4000
Shobana Jeyasingh originally trained in the South Asian classical dance Bharata Natyam. Since founding her groundbreaking dance company in 1988, her choreographic language has evolved into something where classical dance is just one of many elements. In a new Royal Opera House commission she makes a fascinating return to her roots – while incorporating her more recent work – in a unique and personal examination of Marius Petipa’s 1877 ballet La Bayadère.
Drawing on Petipa’s original choreography and the stories of the first real ‘temple dancers’ to visit Europe, Jeyasingh illuminates the West’s fascination with the myth of the Orient. She examines how this legacy has directly affected the Indian diaspora today, and how the story of La Bayadère relates to modern fantasies of both East and West.