After great success over the past 17 years, Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music is ready for its 18th chapter, to narrate charming stories and fantastic shows from around the world. On the stage of the Thailand Cultural Centre, numerous magnificent performances have been imprinted into the memory of the place from September 8 to October 19, 2016.
The festival starts with ‘Swan Lake’ by Stanislavsky Ballet from Moscow State. Considered to be one of the most outstanding performances, the company’s Swan Lake has its trademark in dramatic verity, lightness and lyricism. They also perform on another stage ‘Giselle’, a legendary romantic ballet.
Another popular ballet, The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol is delivered by the Karlsruhe Ballet from Germany, welcoming Christmas early in a stunning show trained by former prima ballerina, Birgit Keil and Professor Vladimir Klos.
An emotional performance adapted from one of the all-time favourite tragedies of William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, the Ballet Preljocaj from France brings to the stage the setting of Eastern Europe in a totalitarian regime and award-winning choreography. Drawing back to the older heartbroken love story, the Celtic legend of the love is expressively performed in ‘Tristan and Isolde’, which has a female protagonist portrayed by Ms Tanatanit, a Thai professional ballet dancer.
From the same Swiss company, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève presents another dramatic stage in ‘Carmina Burana’ with Claude Brumachon’s choreography which emphasises the virtuosity through body movements.
Apart from ballet dancing, Unchartered Seas, an attractive Oriental traditional dance from India with powerful choreography by Aditi Mangaldas, is hypnotically stunning. With traditional instrument sounds and performers’ costumes, the show is designed carefully with master skills.
Whirling to the next performance from Spain, Voces, Suite Flamenca by Sara Baras Dance Company, comes with guitars, tapping feet and the spins. Reeling not only the body but also the equipment may need different tactics and further balance when the show is performed also in the air.
The China National Acrobatic Troupe hits the stage with the performance merging dances with acrobatics, which results in a beauty with strength.
The festival also offers two operas from the Helikon Opera Theatre (Moscow). One is Un Ballo in Maschera. The three-act opera revolves around the conflict of power and love which leads to betrayal and forgiveness. Carmen is another opera. With two acts, the opera takes you to intense sensations which end up in pain and madness.
End your days with the tender music of the night. Let loose with An Evening of Jazz. The fun night is divided into two parts which the Shuffle Demons Jazz from Canada will be in charge of the first with its electrifying jazz, while the second part will be continued by Belgian Saxophone Ensemble with 13 mouth-pieces together on the stage.
The Israel Camerata Orchestra conducted by Avner Biron is going to warm the night with Divertimento for String Orchestra, Cello Concerto No.1 from Joseph Haydn, Kaddish, and Schubert’s Symphony No.5. On the other night, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra from Turkey, will play its selection including Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No.2.
The schedule for all performances can be easily accessed at www.bangkokfestivals.com with further details. Tickets are available at www.thaiticketmajor.com or at its stands. Hurry to get the tickets as the curtains are almost closed, thus enjoy the art appreciation with all the master shows.
Text by Varistha Borkird
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