Royal Danish Ballet
November 21, 2012
by Alexander Meinertz
copyright 2012 by Alexander Meinertz
Solor as Sir William? Nikolaj Hübbe’s recent staging of “La Bayadère” in Copenhagen reinterprets the original Petipa libretto casting the ballet’s aristocratic warrior as an English colonel, setting the drama of love and betrayal during the British Raj. Judging by the Edwardian party dresses and military uniforms, sometime in the early 20th Century: think Downton Abbey meets Bollywood and, thanks to set designer Richard Hudson, with an element of Bakst thrown in for good measure.