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‘Star on the Rise’ reimagines ‘La Bayadère’ with Hollywood glitz March 29-30


“Star on the Rise: La Bayadère...Reimagined” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 29 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 30 in the Musical Arts Center. The production is a new interpretation of the classical ballet, “La Bayadère.”  

This new production was created by Phil Chan, co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface and Doug Fullington, a dance historian. Together, they shifted the narrative to remove offensive stereotypes found in the original ballet production. The original production, set in India, received criticism in modern culture due to its offensive characterization of Indian people and culture. This reimaging of “La Bayadère has been recentered to take place during the Golden Age of Hollywood in (for ex. the 1920s). The ballet gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse at a luxurious film set, full of romance, envy and rising stars' egos. 

The new production features choreography by Marius Petipa and a score orchestrated by Larry Moore, a specialist in restoring and arranging historical Broadway musicals. 

Student tickets are available for $10 and more information about tickets and the production can be found on the Jacobs School of Music website. The ballet will also be broadcast live through IUMusic Live!  

CORRECTION: The cinematic era that inspired this production was misdated in a previous version of this article. 

CORRECTION: The times for the March 29 performance were misdated in a previous version of this article. 

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