The much-acclaimed Mariinsky Ballet comes to Beijing this September with their famous La Bayadère. Created by Marius Petipa in 1877, La Bayadère is one of the world's most loved ballets.
The ballet tells the story of the love between Nikya, a temple dancer (bayadère), and Solor, a warrior. However, Solor has been promised in marriage to Gamzatti, the daughter of a Rajah. A High Brahmin, who also loves Nikiya, attempts to have Solor killed by informing the Rajah that Solor has vowed eternal love to Nikiya. But his intentions are thwarted when the Rajah decides to have Nikiya killed. Gamzatti, who has eavesdropped on their conversation summons Nikiya and attempts, unsuccessfully, to bribe her to give up Solor. Their rivalry escalates and Nikya seizes a dagger to kill Gamzatti, who is saved by her servant. As Nikiya flees, Gamzatti vows that she must die.