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La Bayadere, Hermitage Theater (Saint Petersburg)

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Event type: Ballet (Minkus)

La Bayadère is an important connection between the romantic and classical eras of ballet. The ballerinas wear the shorter classical tutus when doing ballet roles, but there are still many romantic movements and La Bayadère predates the major romantic classics by several years.

The word bayadère comes from the Portugese word ballar, meaning dance. Bayadère is French word for an Indian temple dancer, and it is because one of the central characters in La Bayadère is such a temple dancer that La Bayadère is so named. In Russian it is called Bayaderka, the Russian word for an Indian Temple Dancer.

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