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2023.11.14

Premiere of Ludwig Minkus’ ballet La Bayadère

On November 14, 2023, the premiere of La Bayadère by Ludwig Minkus was held at the Tbilisi Zakaria Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre.

Writing a new libretto on the footsteps of La Bayadère belongs to Nina Ananiashvili after Sergei Khudekov and Marius Petipa. The authors and the staging choreographers of the new choreographic version of the ballet are Nina Ananiashvili and Alexei Fadeechev.

The new version of the ballet uses excerpts from Vakhtang Chabukiani's choreography (Pas d'Action) and is based on Marius Petipa's historical, original staging.

The audience first saw La Bayadère on the stage of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre on May 30, 1912, during the tour of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre.

In 1968, Vakhtang Chabukiani presented his own version of La Bayadère on the stage of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre.

The 2023 performance, presented on the stage of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, is the fourth but different choreographic version and the staging of La Bayadère which belong to Nina Ananiashvili and Alexei Fadeechev.