Ballet troupe debuts adaptation of classic love story

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The lead role of Marguerite is played by Qi Bingxue, while Wu Husheng plays Armand. [Photo provided to China Daily]

"I tried to put her life into different compartments. On one hand, she enjoys having all those men around her and being rich, but on the other hand, her love for Armand brings out a different side of her purity and virtues."

The Lady of the Camellias has been adapted several times for the ballet theater since the 1920s. Two previous productions, one by maestro choreographer John Neumeier and another by Val Caniparoli, used music by Frederic Chopin. Deane, however, chose to have American composer Carl Davis create new music for the ballet production.

Michael England, who conducted the orchestra of the Shanghai Opera House for the musical accompaniment to Camellias, described Davis as a talented music composer who was suited for the job. Davis previously composed music for films such as The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Great Gatsby and several BBC drama series.

"In his music, there are lots of emotions to capture: love, anguish, anger, with cinematic elements that can quickly shift to different aspects of the story," says England.

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