Raymonda is the first ballet that Rudolf Nureyev revived after his flight to the West. It entered the Paris Opera repertoire in 1983. Performed on the Bastille Opera stage from December 3rd to 31st, this flamboyant medieval tale shows the love story of Raymonda and Knight Jean de Brienne threatened by Abderam, chief of the Saracen, and his desire for the princess. The fantasy aroused by the unknown and the Orient will guide the young girl through the discovery of her womanhood. Between two rehearsals, Etoile Dancers Dorothée Gilbert, Stéphane Bullion and Premier Danseur Paul Marque tell us more about their character and the technical challenges specific to Rudolf Nureyev’s body language, a language that blends classical, character and contemporary dance, while reaffirming the importance of male’s parts. The gorgeous sets by Nicholas Georgiadis as well as Alexandre Glazounov’s score largely contribute to the splendour of this great masterpiece.