October 19, 2013
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Scenes from the ballet.
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Boston Ballet’s corps de ballet rehearsed the Act III scene from “La Bayadère” called “The Kingdom of the Shades,” a tour de force of ensemble grace and precision.
Marius Petipa’s 1877 classic will be perform Oct. 24 to Nov. 3 at the Boston Opera House.
It’s one of the most fiendishly difficult, requiring intense concentration and steady technical command.
“Of the big story ballets, this is the hardest piece for the corps de ballet to perform,” says ballet master and artistic coordinator Shannon Parsley of Boston Ballet.
The corps of 24 ghost-like women in white is one of the most exquisite and entrancing in the repertoire.
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