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World-class ballet troupes to grace Beijing in November, 2017


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(A news story on China Daily about an international ballet festival in Beijing, China)

The Third China International Ballet Season is now underway in Beijing, the Chinese capital. The opening gala at the Tianqiao Theater involved stars from several world famous ballet companies. (The detailed program info of open-evening gala would be posted in the following reply.)

Dance stars from around the world gathered for the grand opening of China's international ballet season. Excerpts from a dozen classic repertoires were brought to the stage, including Swan Lake, Anna Karenina and The Yellow River.

"We want to promote ballet through this international season and encourage more people to enjoy ballet. It's not a popular art, but I think it can help people to improve their artistic attainments. So we have the responsibility to bring this art to more people," said Wang Quanxing, deputy director of the National Ballet of China.

The festival will be highlighted by a special session for Russian artists from Dec 1 to 3, and a joint performance presented by the 10 best Chinese ballet troupes on Dec 28.

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A special session《Love from Russia》for Russian artists led by Bolshoi Ballet prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova

Speaking at a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday, Feng Ying, director of the National Ballet of China, said the China International Ballet Season is aimed at "introducing the finest foreign ballet works to Chinese audience members", and at the same time, building a platform for international artists learning about China's dance scene.

"Ballet art was born in the West. But the development of Chinese ballet has begun to impress the rest of the world, more than 60 years after it was introduced in China. It's because of efforts from people working in the industry, " Feng said. "The joint show [of Chinese artists] will help manifest the status quo of Chinese ballet."


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Feng Ying at news conference of the 3rd China International Ballet Season

The Third China International Ballet Season also boasts a benefit dedicated to promoting the age-old art to more Chinese people with cheaper entry tickets and chances to interact face-to-face with ballet masters to learn about behind-the-scenes stories of script writing and choreography.

The China International Ballet Season was initiated by the National Ballet of China and the Tianqiao Theater in 2013 and has been held biennially since then. It has so far attracted 57 troupes from 27 countries worldwide that have participated.

【References】
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2017-10/11/content_33115171.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/city/2017-11/13/c_129739247.htm
http://en.chinaculture.org/2017-11/15/content_1104381.htm
【Photos】
https://ent.chinadaily.com.cn/2017-11/14/content_34513093.htm

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Program of Opening Gala of the Third China International Ballet Season

Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère Act II
Performers:
Zhang Jian (Prima Ballerina of National Ballet of China)
Ma Xiaodong (Principal Dancer of National Ballet of China),
Corps de ballet of the National Ballet of China

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Excerpts from Anna Karenina
Performers:
Liubov Andreyeva (Soloist of Saint Petersburg Eifman Ballet)
Oleg Gabyshev (Soloist of Saint Petersburg Eifman Ballet)

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Les Enfants du Paradis
Performers:
Agnes Letestu (Étoile-Principal Dancer of Paris Opera Ballet)
Audric Bezard (Premier Danseur of Paris Opera Ballet)

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White Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake
Performers:  
Tan Yuanyuan (Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet)
Tiit Helimets (Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet)

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Excerpts from Wonderland
Performers:
Adiarys Almeida
Taras Domitro

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Romeo and Juliet pas de deux
Performers:
Elena Yevseyeva (Soloist of Mariinsky Theatre)
Artem Ovcharenko (Principal Dancer of The Bolshoi Ballet)

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The Forth Chapter of The Yellow River
Performers:
Qiu Yunting (Principal Dancer of National Ballet of China)
Ma Xiaodong (Principal Dancer of National Ballet of China), etc.

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Excerpts from The Crane Calling Act II
Performers:
Qiu Yunting (Principal Dancer of National Ballet of China)
Guo Fengbai (Corps de Ballet Dancer of National Ballet of China)

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Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake
Performers:
Adiarys Almeida
Taras Domitro

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Non rien de rien
Performers:
Agnes Letestu (Étoile-Principal Dancer of Paris Opera Ballet)
Audric Bezard (Premier Danseur of Paris Opera Ballet)

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Diving into the  Lilacs
Performers:
Tan Yuanyuan (Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet)
Tiit Helimets (Principal Dancer of San Francisco Ballet)

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Excerpts from  Requiem
Performers:
Liubov Andreyeva (Soloist of Saint Petersburg Eifman Ballet)
Oleg Gabyshev(Soloist of Saint Petersburg Eifman Ballet)

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Excerpts from Don Quixote Act Ⅲ
Performers:
Kitri:Elena Yevseyeva (Soloist of Mariinsky Theatre)
Basilio:Artem Ovcharenko (Principal Dancer of The Bolshoi Ballet)
Chief Bridesmaid:Qiu Yunting (Principal Dancer of National Ballet of China)
Fandango:Lu Na (Principal Dancer of National Ballet of China)
                       Li Ke (Soloist of National Ballet of China), etc.
Corps de ballet of the National Ballet of China

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☆ Information above from WeChat subscription account of National Ballet of China. ☆

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