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Royal Ballet to perform in Taiwan during centennial celebrations

2010/12/09 20:55:28

Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) The Royal Ballet, a world-class classicalballet company based in London, will perform in Taiwan over a four-dayperiod as part of the country's 100th anniversary celebrations nextyear, one of the cultural organizers said in Taipei Thursday.

In its first ever performance in Taiwan, the world famous balletcompany will present two dance programs to the accompaniment of theNational Symphony Orchestra, according to the National Theatre andConcert Hall (NTCH).

The first piece comprises three short dances and the secondfeatures the full-length romantic ballet "Giselle, " the NTCH said.They will be staged Jun. 30 to July 3 at National Theatre Hall.

Kevin O'Hare, administrative director of the Royal Ballet, said ata promotional press conference in Taipei that the two programs willgive Taiwan audiences a chance to see the range of the company.

In "Giselle, " there will be four movements and they will be ledby four sets of principal dancers.

"No role is too small, " O'Hare said. "Everyone in the company isvery involved in the performance, and whenever you look, you will seethe story continue."

He said the Royal Ballet always brings the full company -- 92dancers and more than 50 technical personnel -- when it is on tour.

"If you come to see a ballet, and you don't know anything aboutballet, you still will be moved by the performance, because the wholecompany is telling the story," he added.

Coincidentally, the Royal ballet will be celebrating its 80thfounding anniversary next year, he said.

Huang Pi-twan, artistic director of the NTCH, said at the pressconference that the Royal Ballet presentation is one of the 20top-notch performances that will be held, along with 100 freecultural activities, as part of the NTCH's efforts to encouragepublic participation in the centennial celebrations next year.

Starting from the last day of this month and running through thelast day of 2011, there will be a number of exciting performances inTaiwan, she said.

(By Hermia Lin)