Paris Opera Ballet
29 May 2010
by Marc Haegeman
copyright 2010 by Marc Haegeman
Mindful of the centenary of Marius Petipa’s death, the Paris Opera programmed a revival of “La Bayadère” in Rudolf Nureyev’s well-known version. Nureyev’s opus ultimum, “La Bayadère” suffered less from his interferences with the choreographic schemes and dramatic concept inherited from the St. Petersburg background and has always been one of the more convincing items in his Parisian legacy. Having been mounted for most of the previous runs at the spacious Opéra Bastille the ballet was now brought back again to the stage of the Palais Garnier, where it had been premiered back in November 1992. The more intimate feel of the Garnier secures a different experience, drawing you even more into the production yet without diminishing the splendor and theatrical impact of Ezio Frigerio’s striking scenic design or Franca Squarciapino’s eye-catching costumes. I just wish they were better lit and especially the Shades Act less overexposed than it was now.