If you’re not overly familiar with the Queensland Ballet’s 2018 season opener, La Bayadère, you could be forgiven. The fantasy story ballet originally choreographed by Marius Petipa in 1877 is a bit of a late bloomer in the repertoires of ballet companies around the world. In fact, the work was not performed in the West until 84 years after its original premiere, and Australian audiences saw the work for the first time only a few years ago.

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