La Bayadere (The Temple Dancer)
Ballet Arte will give two shows of ballet performance of La Bayadere (The Temple Dancer) on June 8th (Saturday 2pm & 6pm) at The David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre (4126 Executive Drive La Jolla, CA 92037). La Bayadère is a dramatic historic classic ballet (set in royal India of the past) of eternal love, mystery, fate, vengeance and justice intertwined to tell the story of Nikiya, a temple dancer, her lover Solor, and the vengeance that keeps them apart, at least in this life. It’s a colorful story that’s provocative and very dramatic,” (infor. from www.houstonballet.org). La Bayadere is most famous for its “white act,” commonly known as the Kingdom of the Shades. It is one of the most celebrated excerpts in all of classical ballet. The dance begins with 32 women in white, all making their way down a ramp in unison. The dance is exquisite, and often performed by itself. “The Kingdom of the Shades“ is a challenging segment because it requires such control and precision from the corps de ballet women,” Wern Ponder plays Nikiya in the 2pm show. Olivia Lee, grandaughter of UTC residents Frank & Chin Chan Lee, will do her last ballet performance before she goes to Rice University in Houston next fall. She is playing Nikiya in the 6pm show.
For tickets ($20 & $30), please call ARTE BALLET: 858 2595505, Box Office: 858 362 1348, Oder Online: WWW.LFJCC.ORG