Royal Opera & Paris Opera to Host Guest Dance Companies

June 23, 2008

This July and August, the Royal Opera House in London at Covent Garden will host two dance companies from China, The National Ballet of China and the Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China, while the Paris Opera will host New York City Ballet at the Opera Bastille in September.

The National Ballet of China debuts at the Royal Opera House with Natalia Makarova’s Swan Lake. The company contintues its run with Raise the Red Lantern.

Originally a film by director Zhang Yumou, Raise the Red Lantern is a story set during feudal times in which a young woman is forced to become a concubine. This emotional ballet is sure to be a dazzler with its sumptuous sets, period costumes, and lush musical score.

Also, debuting at the Royal Opera House, the Guangdong Acrobatic Troupe of China will present a different production of Swan Lake, drawing inspiration from classical dance, Chinese acrobatics and Peking Opera. This unusual, yet gorgeous blend of acrobatics and classical dance pushes the limits of physicality. It's quite unbelievable to see what they can do (especially in pointe shoes!).

In Paris this September, the New York City Ballet will open the Paris Opera Ballet season becoming the first non-French dance company to perform at the Opera Bastille. The September run includes programs of Balanchine and Jerome Robbins ballets, as well as works by Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon. Tickets become available this summer.

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