PRINCIPAL DANCERS OF THE BOLSHOI THEATRE SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA, MIKHAIL LOBUKHIN AND ANNA TIKHOMIROVA PERFORM IN LA BAYADERE ON 26 OCTOBER

Principal dancers of the Bolshoi Theatre from Moscow, Svetlana Zakharova, Mikhail Lobukhin and Anna Tikhomirova will tour Belgrade with performance in La Bayadere in the Sava Centre on 26th October, within the 47th BEMUS Festival.
The only prima ballerina assoluta today, Svetlana Zakharova, will interpret the main character’s role, the role of Indian dancer Nikiya, a Bayadere, in this ballet spectacle to the music by Ludwig Minkus and choreography by Gabriela Komleva.  
Zakharova’s partner will be Mikhail Lobukhin, as Solor, Indian prince, while the role of Gamzatti, Rajah Dugmanta’s daughter, will be interpreted by Anna Tikhomirova.
Other dancers in the cast are Denis Kasatkin (High Brahmin), Miloš Kecman (Magedaveya, a fakir), Stevan Hadži-Slavković (Rajah Dugmanta, a ruler), Goran Stanić (Toloragva, Solor’s friend, a warrior), Tamara Antonijević (Aya, Gamzatti’s maid), Igor Pastor (Golden Idol), etc.
The whole ensemble and the soloists of the Ballet Company, as well as the Orchestra of the National Theatre will take part in the performance. The Orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Alexei Bogorad, also a guest artist from the Bolshoi Theatre.   
Boris Maksimović designed the set and Olga Mrđenović designed the costumes.
The production premiered on 19 May 2011 on the Main Stage of the National Theatre in Belgrade.
The premiere was, at the same time, the first performance of this classical ballet in full since the Ballet Company of the National Theatre has been formed. Namely, more than two decades ago, in 1991, a scene from La Bayadere was performed; it was titled The Dreams and choreographed by Larissa Shatilova.
Ballet La Bayadere is a piece that can be found on repertoires of every respectable ballet company in the world. Therefore, the production of this ballet in the National Theatre, in its full length, represents a great and important accomplishment.
First opening of the ballet took place in the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg, in 1877. Famous choreographer Marius Petipa designed his choreography under the strong influence of Romanticism by using classical aesthetics.
M.B.