CULTURE

Anniversary shows of ‘La Bayadere’

The three performances that Sweden’s Royal Ballet is to give at the Herod Atticus Theater next week are among this autumn’s highlights. The legendary ballet company, which was founded in 1773, will perform Leon Minkus’s popular ballet «La Bayadere,» choreographed by Natalia Makarova, on September 13, 14 and 15 on the occasion of UNESCO’s 60th birthday. Makarova herself will be in Athens to attend the shows and meet with her fans. The ballet, set in India at the time of the maharajahs, tells the dramatic story of a dancer who falls in love with a noble warrior. Makarova based her work on the original choreography by Marius Petipa and added a final act. Talking about her own, poetic version of «La Bayadere,» Makarova said that every time she stages the work she tries to convey the ballet’s spiritual atmosphere to the dancers. The Athens performances, which are taking place with the support of the Swedish Embassy, will feature leading dancers Marie Lindqvist, Anna Valev, Jan-Erik Wikstrom and Goran Svalberg. Shows start at 8.30 p.m. at the Herod Atticus Theater, near the Acropolis metro station. Tickets cost 15, 30, 45, 65, 75 and 95 euros and they can be purchased at the Hellenic Festival box office (39 Panepistimiou, tel 210.327.2000) and at the theater box office.