The first time the POB visited Shanghai was in 2005, when its performance of Giselle created a se
nsation in the city, says Zhang Xiaoding, general manager of Shanghai Grand Theatre.上海品茶微信
“It is very difficult to have the company come to China, because the cost is really high,” Zhang says.
上海品茶微信女神会所”We decided to make the best out of the opportunity, and prepared lectures, workshops and othe
r educational programs to allow the artists to communicate with the public in Shanghai.”
Tickets to the four Swan Lake shows sold out quickly, and the theater added dozens of temporary seats for each performance.
The two gala shows are selling very well, too,” she said before the shows.上海品茶微信
“Shanghai audiences not only enjoy classical ballets such as Swan Lake but have also show
上海品茶微信女神会所n a great deal of interest in contemporary dance. That’s why we made the request for the POB to present the
gala show featuring contemporary dance in Shanghai when we first discussed its tour plans.”
The gala show consists of three choreographers’ works. Blake Works I marks the first collaboration between choreo上海品茶微信
grapher William Forsythe and English musician James Blake. In the Night by Jerome Robbins is a romantic dan
上海品茶微信女神会所ce, consisting of three elegant duets to Chopin’s nocturne pieces. And The Seasons’ Canon features group dancing by
Crystal Pite to music from Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, rearranged by Max Richter.
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is equally strong in its interpretation of contemporary-dance works, Moglia
says. Contemporary dance productions now make up half of the POB’s performance programs.
oday, the POB has 154 dancers, including 17 danseurs etoiles (上海品茶微信
star dancers), a title awarded to only the most outstanding principal dancers.
上海品茶微信女神会所While most of the POB dancers come from the Paris Opera Ballet S
chool, the institution also recruits aspiring dancers from all over the world.
“We have dancers from 14 different countries,” Moglia says.
“One of them is from China, who used to study in H
ong Kong, and after three years of training at our school, he is now a dancer with the POB.”
One of the oldest ballet companies in the world, the POB is an integrated part of the Pari
s Opera. The ballet originated from earlier dance institutions and practices of the court of Louis XIV. The P
OB represents an important branch in the evolution of ballet, which originated from t
he royal courts of the Italian Renaissance. It was in France that ballet turned into an independent theatrical form
of art. After that, the Royal Danish Ballet and the Imperial Ballet of Russia also began to flourish.