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Dance Review

La Bayadère a show of love, forgiveness

The finale of the Boston Ballets's performance of La Bayadere at the Opera House in Boston.

It also leaves Nikiya in peril, since both the Rajah and Gamzatti are plotting her demise. The ballet itself, in its modern incarnation, is so overgrown with fakirs, temple dancers, tiger hunters, and a papier-mâché elephant — not to mention the mesmerizing third-act “Kingdom of the Shades” — that you can easily lose sight of the powerful plot. Thursday night at the Opera House, Boston Ballet, led by Lia Cirio’s Nikiya, Lasha Khozashvili’s Solor, and Dusty Button’s Gamzatti, managed to keep the focus on the feelings.

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