A Bayadère in the Mist

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A Bayadère in the Mist

Today I’m representing a scene from the ballet La Bayadère (temple dancer or temple maiden). The bayadère Nikiya and the warrior Solor swore each other eternal fidelity. Alas, it would not be a proper ballet if the lovers had just lived happily together. The High Brahmin was in love with Nikiya, and the Rajah wanted Solor to marry his daughter, the princess. TL;DR: not only the Rajah and his daughter plotted Nikiya’s death, they also made her dance at Solor and the princess’ engagement party.

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In the middle of her dance, Nikiya receives an anonymous basket of flowers, where the Rajah and her daughter hid a poisonous snake. When she’s bitten, the Brahmin offers her the antidote, but Nikiya prefers to die, rather than living without Solor. From there, the story only keeps getting darker, and I can assure you there is no happy ending.

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I wanted to recreate Nikiya’s melancholy dance, as she was forced to celebrate the loss of the man she loved. Alluring in her magnificent Les Encantades Padma top and skirt, you can almost feel the soft silk caressing her skin as she dances. Her beauty is enhanced by Zuri Rayna’s new Mist Elite Collection. The diadem falls delicately above her desolate eyes, the swirls and curves of the necklace embrace her chest, the bracelets clink gracefully with her moves, and the belly jewel tantalizes the eyes of Solor as she arches her back.

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For my “cosplay” -so to say- of Nikiya’s last dance and death, I sinned: I edited the Padma top. Don’t get me wrong, the top was gorgeous as it was, but I wanted to show the beautiful necklace. How is the saying, eating the cake and having it too? My background is the glorious Taj Mahal, a sim full of romance and beautiful sights.

Body:

Skin: Zoul Creations – Chloe Sk8 / Shape: my own / Maitreya Lara Body / Slink Hands – Elegant / Slink High Feet / IKON Sovereign Eyes – Oak / Hair: Tableau Vivant~ Cersei II – Basics (past We ❤ RP event) / Nail polish (hardly noticeable, I know…) -{ZOZ}- Angel Polish

Outfit:

*LE* Padma Orchid Skirt – *LE* Padma Rose Top (past Mystery Gacha event) / Zuri Rayna~ Mist Elite Full Collection (diadem, necklace, earrings, bracelets and belly jewel) – Metal, Pearl and Gem changing Set / [The Forge] Boho Foot Jewels, Gold (Epiphany Gacha event, and yes, I’m aware there’s only a glimpse of it, sorry about that).

Setting:

Background: ~Mumtaz~ Taj Mahal / Treacherous flowers scattered on the floor: NSP Wild Flower Bouquet (past Jewels Isle Halloween Hunt) – NSP Peony Flower Girl Basket / Rose on Nikiya’s hand: Rose of lost romance by Ethereallusions. Because I was inspired in a ballet, I used the “Odette” set of poses from **Poseway**.

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