Green Day will never sing Wake Me Up When September Ends again, if they visit Bangkok during the most anticipated dance and music festival of the year. Back again for their 19th time, Bangkok’s 19th International Festival of Dance and Music offers several fantastic performances covering ballet, opera, and other genres of dance and music. This year’s festival will host thirteen productions by successful and well-known troupes from around the world, with more than a thousand artists flying in for the festival. From ballet to flamenco, musicals to a magic show, let’s see which shows will tickle your fancy.
The festival never let us down when it comes to classical ballet and its organizers have worked hard to bring in renowned ballet theatres from Russia, France and Germany this year. The opening performance of the festival is Katya & the Prince of Siam which is guaranteed to play to a full house with its plot based on the romance – based on truth – between Prince Chakrabongse of Siam and a Russian girl. Performed by Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre from Russia, it will touch your heart so deeply you’ll never let its’ memory go.
All-time favourite fairy-tales are featured to delight families too, like Cinderella from the same company Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre, and Beauty and the Beast from Malandain Ballet Biarritz from France. Both will surprise and delight you and your family with their more modern-day interpretations and costumes.
Bashkir State Opera and Ballet Theatre from Russia will present two glorious three-act ballets: Spartacus and Le Corsaire, both original productions with brilliant choreography and extravagant staging by the legendary Yuri Grigorovich of Bolshoi Theatre.
The final performance of the festival is the ballet Taming of the Shrew by Stuttgart Ballet from Germany, which brings to life all the witty humour of Shakespeare’s much-loved romantic comedy in a ballet with clever choreography and sublime moments of comedy that will cause you to laugh out loud.
This year’s festival is turning up the heat with two flamenco performances, both by Antonio Andrade Flamenco Company from Spain. The founder/choreographer of the company believes in the purest form of flamenco, but also adapts other influences such as jazz, Arabic and Latin America music to reach out to a more culturally diverse audience.
Torera reveals human inner conflict that torments and reaches a peak, forcing one to confront their own reflection. The highly emotional and fervent process is expressed perfectly by the body movements and facial expressions of pure Andalusian flamenco. The company’s adaption of Carmen is not-to-be-missed with its incomparable flamenco performance that rouses all your senses and triggers you to ask questions about freedom, lies and death.
The spotlight of this year’s festival shines on the musical West Side Story. Composed by Leonard Bernstein with Stephen Sondheim as librettist, this American musical has become an all-time classic in the history of musicals with its catchy songs like Tonight, Somewhere and America. This world-tour production is all the more special as the original Broadway choreography by Jerome Robbins will be revived for it. Tickets are selling like hot cakes, so if you wait to buy yours ‘later’ that may be too late.
Symphony concerts have always been another highlight of the festival. This year, music lovers will be lulled by both Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, which are comprised of professional musicians from every corner of the world. Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra features award-winning Chinese violinist Lu Siqing and will enchant your ears with Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor (‘From the New World’). Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra will lead you into the world of western classical music through the notes of Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor, Peer Gynt suite, and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98.
MORE FAMILY VIBES!
This year, the festival is catering to families with two shows. Your children – actually, also grandmother and grandfather – will enjoy watching illusionist Peter Marvey in his first appearance here. During his show WOW! World of Wonder, everyone will be wowed with the large-scale illusions that are in the same league as David Copperfield!
And last, but definitely not least, Flying Superkids is a circus-style performance from Denmark with an award-winning troupe of talented and energetic youths who sing, dance and perform acrobatics!
So don’t let the rainy season make your days dreary and just go discover a rainbow at Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music!
The festival will take place during 11 September to 19 October 2017 at Thailand Cultural Centre. We urge you to check the programme and make reservations at: www.thaiticketmajor.com/performance/icp19-2017-en.html or www.bangkokfestivals.com. Follow their news updates at FB: Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music.