Marius Petipa’s exotic and beautiful musical La Bayadere was given its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in St Petersburg way back in 1877 and since then it has been played in front of thousands around the world.
It was regularly shown within the former Soviet Union throughout the 20th century but was virtually unknown to the wider world until 1961 when the touring group Kirov Ballet performed one of the most famous scenes from it.
The Kingdom of the Shades scene was shown around the world, which helped inspire the current iteration of it.
Natalia Makarova saw the ballet as a child in Leningrad and created this version for the American Ballet Theatre in 1980.
India provides the setting for a tale steeped in love, vengeance, murder and set to a lyrical score full of emotion.
The choreography helps provide powerful moments for the two opposing ballerinas – the glorious temple dancer Nikiya and her rival that wants to be just like her Gamzatti.
Fans of ballet in its purest form will be mesmerised by the stunning dream-like Kingdome of Shades scene, when a wonderful procession of ballerinas dance in unison across the moonlit stage.
This beautiful ballet will be performed at the Royal Opera House for a short run from April, so people will have a brief chance to take advantage of London hotel deals to catch it.
Running from April 5th to May 22nd, people will be able to get their hands on tickets for one of these magical performances from as little as £4, while the best seats in the house will set visitors back £93.
With the Royal Opera House situated just a few minutes’ walk from Covent Garden Tube stop, the venue is within easy reach of any hotel in the city.