The temple dancer Nikiya and Prince Solor have secretly sworn eternal fidelity beside the holy fire. But then Solor is chosen to wed the daughter of the mighty Rajah. When the Bayadère Nikiya is forced to dance at the wedding celebrations, she kills herself in front of her horrified lover. He seeks oblivion in opium, and in his intoxication has a vision of his beloved in multiple reflections. For the Semperoper, Aaron S. Watkin reworked Marius Petipa’s classic narrative piece »La Bayadère« from 1877, creating a visionary and opulent oriental ballet. The highlight of the work is the dream sequence with its trance-like image of female dancers executing the arabesque penchée. »La Bayadère« combines the ideals of the Romantic era with the dream of the Orient to create a sophisticated Gesamtkunstwerk of dance.