World famous ballet artists, including French
dancer-choreographer Roland Petit, will gather at China's National
Center for Performing Arts (NCPA) in late January to highlight the
International Ballet Week.
The eight-six year old Roland Petit will fly to Beijing from
Switzerland to join the week-long ballet "Sumptuous Meal" from Jan.
24 to Feb. 1.
NCPA will surprise the ballet master with a supreme award for
his contribution to China's ballet, Zhao Ruheng, artistic director
for NCPA and Head of the National Ballet of China said at a press
conference on Thursday.
A press conference for the
upcoming International Ballet Week is held at China's National
Center for Performing Arts in Beijing on Thursday afternoon, Jan.
24, 2008. (photo: CRI)
Besides Chinese ballet stars and Roland Petit, the center will
also host a long list of International ballet performance groups,
including Opera National de Paris, the Bolshoi, the Royal Ballet,
Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet and the Hamburg
Ballet, added Zhao.
Zhao also introduced, as one of the most important activities of
the First International Performance Season of NCPA, the
International Ballet Week contains four performing parts.
Zhao Ruheng, artistic
director for China's National Center for Performing Arts (NCPA) as
well as Head of the National Ballet of China, delivers a speech at
a press conference for the upcoming International Ballet Week at
NCPA in Beijing on Thursday afternoon, January 24, 2008.
It will debut with National Ballet of China's "Romeo and Juliet"
on Thursday and Friday. On January 26 and 27, the First
International Ballet Stars Gala will be staged. Then National
Ballet of China will perform Roland Petit's 1973 Pink Floyd Ballet
during the next two days and the show will end with an evening of
International and Chinese Traditional, Folk and Contemporary Dance
on February 1.
These performances will be longer than normal as the organizers
would like to try their best to satisfy Chinese ballet fans, said
Marianela Nunez (R) and
Thiago Soares, Principal of the Royal Ballet of Britain, attends a
press conference for the upcoming International Ballet Week at
China's Grand National Theater in Beijing on Thursday afternoon,
Jan. 24, 2008.
(CRI Janaury 25, 2008)