La Bayadère – Minkus – Kingdom Of Shades Waltz


Shades Waltz from La Bayadere Kingdom of Shades

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La Bayadere is a classical ballet set in a rich and exotic Indian setting that portrays a narrative of love, betrayal, and forgiveness. Marius Petipa choreographed the ballet, which debuted in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1877. The narrative centres around Nikiya, a temple dancer (bayadère), and Solor, a great warrior’s love. Their love is endangered by the envious and devious High Brahmin, who wants Nikiya for himself, and Gamzatti, the Rajah’s daughter, who is engaged to Solor. As the plot progresses, duplicity and betrayal have deadly repercussions. The ballet’s stage designs and costumes transport the audience to a rich and mysterious India, replete with the iconic ‘Kingdom of the Shades’  in which a mesmerising corps de ballet of ghostly white-clad bayadères dance a series of arabesques.


Ludwig Minkus was a Austrian-Russian composer of ballet music, known for his work in the 19th century. He was born in Vienna, Austria in 1826 and began his career as a violinist and conductor in the Vienna Court Opera Orchestra. In 1853, he moved to Russia, where he worked as a composer for the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Minkus is considered to be one of the most important and prolific composers of ballet music in the 19th century. He composed music for over 60 ballets, many of which were choreographed by the famous ballet master, Marius Petipa. Some of his most famous works include “La Bayadère” (1877) and “Don Quixote” (1869). Minkus died in Vienna in 1917.

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