||The different versions of La Bayadère - The Shadow Scene
The different versions of “La Bayadère - The Shadows Scene”
Versions by Rudolf Nureyev:
1963 - “The Shadows Scene”
Royal Ballet in London
First night was the 27th November 1963 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
Costumes by Philip Prowse with Margot Fonteyn (Nikiya), Rudolf Nureyev (Solor) and Merle Park, Lynn Seymour, Monica Mason (the three Shadows).
1974 - “Scène des Ombres”
Paris Opera Ballet
First night was the 3rd October 1974 at the Palais Garnier
Costumes by Martin Kamer
With Noëlla Pontois (Nikiya), Rudolf Nureyev (Solor) and Claire Motte, Wilfride Piollet, Ghilaisne Thesmar (the three Shadows).
This production was performed again in April 1975 with Noëlla Pontois, alternating with Florence Clerc, and Dominique Khalfourni in the role of Nikiya, and Jean-Pierre Franchetti, alternating with Patrick Dupond, and Patrice Bart in the role of Solor.
NB: Gelsey Kirkland and Mikhaïl Baryschnikov were guest artists for the performances on the 22nd and 24th April.