Choreographer Javier Torres’ Letter to His Audience

Costume sketches for Javier Torres' La Bayadére show an updated and more realistic view of Indian culture.

Costume sketches for Javier Torres’ La Bayadére show an updated and more realistic view of Indian culture.

This is the beginning of a backgrounder article provided as a service to Opus Osm readers by The Czech National Ballet. You can read the entire ‘letter’ (in English and in Czech versions) by clicking the “Re:Source” tab at the top of any page.

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Dear Audience,
It is my pleasure to share with you my latest production: a new version of La Bayadére, specially commissioned for the Czech National Ballet.

Originally created by Marius Petipa in St Petersburg in 1877, the ballet is set in India and tells the dramatic story of a love triangle between a temple dancer, a noble warrior, and a princess.

At the time La Bayadére was premiered, most art forms followed the fashion of taking inspiration from faraway places because it added an exotic flair to the romantic ideal of unattainable love. However, due to the difficulty of travelling long distances in that period and making deeper research, most of the art pieces resulting from this tendency gave an unreal image of the traditions, places, and people they depicted. … To continue reading, click the ‘Re:Source’ tab at the top of any page.

Photo Credits: The Czech National Ballet

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