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Founded on December 31 in 1959, the National Ballet of China is China's only national ballet company. Its dancers and musicians are all graduates from professional dance academies and music conservatories across China. For the past five decades, the National Ballet of China has introduced numerous outstanding classical and contemporary ballet works to Chinese audiences, while also placing great importance on combining classical ballets with Chinese culture.
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.