La Bayadere
Minkus's famous ballet received its first adaptation
by Bluebell School of Dance at
The Brook Entertainment Centre, Chatham.
5th, 6th & 7th April 2001
in aid of The Force Against Arthritis


Cast

Nikiya - The Bayadere (temple dancer)
Nathalie Gilmour & Rebecca Bailey

Solor - A Warrior
Lara Osmotherly & Jenna Hubbard

Gamzatti - The Rajah's Daughter
Danni Guest

Grand Brahmin - The High Priest
Callum Osmotherly

The Rajah
Katja Osmotherly

ACT ONE : THE TEMPLE

Solor, a warrior, has returned from war a great hero. As he travels home he stops at the temple to be re-united with his love Nikiya, a temple dancer, a bayadere. He sends word to Nikiya via a fakir then he hides. The Grand Brahmin and his followers give thanks for the victory. After Nikiya has performed her dance, the Brahmin declares his love for her but she rejects him. The fakir tells Nikiya that Solor is waiting for her and, when the ceremony is over and the other followers have returned to the temple, Nikiya steals back to meet Solor. The lovers exchange vows, but, unknown to them, they are seen by the Brahmin, who swears his revenge.

The next day the royal party arrives at the temple to greet Solor. The Rajah offers Solor the hand in marriage of his daughter, Gamzatti. Solor, recalling his vow to Nikiya, tries to refuse, but the rich and powerful Rajah cannot be denied. Nikiya is called to perform a dance for them, not knowing of the betrothal. As the party prepares to leave for the palace, the Brahmin tells the Rajah Solor is promised to Nikiya. He is horrified when the Rajah decides Nikiya must die. Their conversation is overheard by Gamzatti. She sends her servant to summon Nikiya to invite her to dance at the wedding. She shows Nikiya a picture of her betrothed and tries to bribe her to give him up. Shattered at the prospect of losing Solor, Nikiya seizes a knife and attacks Gamzatti. She flees into the temple and Gamzatti too decides Nikiya must die.

ACT TWO : THE PALACE

At the palace the wedding of Gamzatti and Solor is being celebrated. Nikiya is summoned to dance. Although she is veiled, Solor recognises her and is wracked with guilt. At the end of her dance, Gamzatti gives her a basket of flowers. Hidden inside is a poisonous snake which bites Nikiya. Mortally wounded, she begs Solor to remain faithful to the promise he made to her. The Brahmin offers her an antidote but unable to face life without Solor, she chooses death and dies in Solor's arms.

ACT THREE : THE KINGDOM OF SHADES

Nikiya's soul has gone to the Kingdom of Shades. Solor searches for her there. The lovers are finally re-united.  Solor renews his vows of eternal love and the Shades dance for joy. Solor cannot bear to leave Nikiya and return to the human world. The strength of his love frees Nikiya's soul and the lovers find happiness in a better place.

Full Cast...
Pupil name

Aimee Baker
Aimee Baker
Aimee Baker
Babies
Callum Osmotherly
Carolyn White
Carolyn White
Carolyn White
Charlene White
Charlene White
Claire Cloete
Claire Cloete
Claire Cloete
Claire Hayward
Claire Hayward
Claire Hayward
Danielle Rous
Danielle Rous
Danni Guest
Emma Syred
Emma Syred
Hayley West
Hayley West
Hayley West
Helen Blesky
Helen Blesky
Helen Blesky
Holly Gibson
Holly Gibson
Jane Tidey
Jane Tidey
Jenna Hubbard
Joanna Woods
Joanna Woods
Joni Gibson
Joni Gibson
Karen Moss
Karen Moss
Katja Osmotherly
Lara Osmotherly
Lara/Jenna
Lower 1
Natalia Rous
Natalia Rous
Natalia Rous
Natalie Gilmore
Nicola Clark
Nicola Clark
Primary
Rebecca Bailey
Rebecca/Natalie
Rebecca/Natalie
Russell Baker
Sarah Harris
Sarah Harris
Sarah Manley
Sarah Manley
Sarah Thornewell
Sarah Thornewell
Sarah Thornewell
Sasha Davies
Sasha Davies
Stephanie White
Stephanie White
Tracey Simler
Tracey Simler
Tracey Simler
Upper 2 Sat
Upper 2 Thurs
Upper 3 + Wed & Mon
Upper Grade 1

Part name

Bayadere Group 1
Shade
Tutu Courtier Group 2
Flower children
Brahmin
Bayadere Group 1
Shade
Tutu Courtier Group 2
Brahmin's follower
Tutu Courtier Group 1
Bayadere Group 1
Shade
Tutu Courtier Group 2
Bayadere Group 1
Gamzatti's servant
Shade
Bayadere Group 2
Courtier Group 2
Gamzatti
Bayadere Group 2
Courtier Group 2
Bayadere Group 1
Gamzatti's servant
Shade
Bayadere Group 1
Shade
Tutu Courtier Group 2
Bayadere Group 2
Courtier Group 2
Brahmin's follower
Tutu Courtier Group 1
Solor
Bayadere Group 2
Courtier Group 2
Bayadere Group 2
Tutu Courtier Group 1
Bayadere Group 2
Courtier Group 2
Rajah
Solor
Shade
Temple dancers Group 2
Bayadere Group 1
Gamzatti's servant
Shade
Nikiya
Brahmin's follower
Tutu Courtier Group 1
Flower children
Nikiya
Bayadere Group 1
Shade
Brahmin's follower
Bayadere Group 2
Courtier Group 2
Bayadere Group 2
Golden idol
Bayadere Group 1
Shade
Tutu Courtier Group 3
Bayadere Group 2
Courtier Group 2
Bayadere Group 2
Tutu Courtier Group 1
Bayadere Group 1
Shade
Tutu Courtier Group 3
Courtier Group 3
Temple dancers Group 3
Courtier Group 1
Temple dancers Group 1

Full Cast
Synopsis
Presenting the
Cheque
to Dave Prowse
Some of the
Bayaderes
Solor and Nikya
More Bayaderes
Some of the
Fire Dancers
The Rajah