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beaucoup ballet: media release

June 26, 2016 Movita Beaucoup, Artistic Director of Beaucoup Ballet, today announced the 2016/17 season which celebrates the 4th anniversary of the company. “The 2016/17 season features Coppélia and probably some other stuff,” says Beaucoup. “We are extremely proud to be showcasing such mediocre work.” The company’s current repertoire includes Swan Lake, Giselle and La Bayadère. […]

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la bayadère: act II

Act II of our story opens in Solor’s tent. A flautist and Magedaveya are trying to cheer a grief stricken Solor, with little success. Solor is inconsolable – gnawed by remorse and wondering just how long it will take for the flautist to get tired. Of course, it’s hard to feel sorry for Solor when you remember that he promised to marry two women, and then let […]

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famous ballets explained (kind of) // la bayadère // movita beaucoup

la bayadère: act I, scene II

In a room in his palace, the Rajah Dugmanta, head of the principality, has decided to reward his favourite warrior, Solor, for his bravery. A gift card seems too impersonal, so the Rajah decides to give Solor his daughter, Gamzatti. When the Rajah tells Gamzatti she’s becoming a trophy wife (literally), and that she’ll be marrying a complete stranger, she’s a little concerned. Concerned […]

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famous ballets explained (kind of) // la bayadère // movita beaucoup

la bayadère: act I, scene I

Solor – a noble warrior Nikiya – a temple dancer (aka bayadère) Gamzatti – the Rajah’s (ruler’s) daughter Magedaveya – a fakir (devoted follower of the temple) The High Brahmin – the high priest of the temple Rajah Dugmanta of Golconda – Gamzatti’s dad and ruler of Golconda . . . Our story begins at nightfall, just outside an ancient temple in India. A gaggle of warriors, led by Solor, have returned from the hunt of a great tiger. Solor, […]

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giselle: act 2 {finale}

Backstory: apparently, the residents of Giselle’s village like to bury people in a mysterious glade, by a woodland lake. This is also where the Wilis are known to gather. Wilis are victims of unrequited love, sometimes called Died Brides. They haunt the glade dressed in bridal gowns and… draperies. These spirits were jilted by their lovers before their […]

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