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Dance

An Indian Bayadère that meets a sludgy end

But Ismene Brown is still mightily impressed by Scottish Ballet’s Streetcar Named Desire

11 April 2015

9:00 AM

11 April 2015

9:00 AM

Bayadère – The Ninth Life

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, touring until 13 May

A Streetcar Named Desire

Scottish Ballet, Sadler’s Wells

For an Indian woman to make a dancework about La Bayadère is a promising prospect. This classical ballet of 1877 by Russia’s French-born genius Marius Petipa tells the simple story of an Indian temple dancer — essentially a religious sex slave — whose potential salvation by an amorous young soldier is dashed when he expediently marries the rajah’s daughter.

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