Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts - Opera House
Dates: Feb. 18, 2012-Feb. 19, 2012
Price: VIP/400/350/300/240/120/100/80 RMB
On July 10, 2011, the famous French ballet choreographer Roland Petit passed away. This talented ballerina and great choreographer leaves people infinite grief, who also endows National Ballet of China with unforgettable memory. In 2005, National Ballet of China introduced ballet dramas Carmen and L'Arlesienne Suites choreographed by Roland Petit, and invited the master herself to personally rehearse.
National Ballet of China
Founded on December 31,1959, the National Ballet of China is China's only national ballet company. Its dancers and musicians are all graduates from professional dance academies and music conservatories across China. Since the day it was founded, the company has received continuous support from the Chinese government. In its early days, Russian ballet master Pyotr Gusev and other Russian teachers helped lay a solid foundation for the company using their experience in the Russian School of classical ballet. For the past 52 years, the National Ballet of China has introduced many outstanding classical ballets and contemporary ballet works to the Chinese audience. At the same time, it has attached great importance to creating a unique fusion between western classical ballet and Chinese culture. They have achieved this by creating their own ballets, which represents the varied characteristics of the Chinese nation. Today, the company has a broad repertoire and has successfully trained many generations of outstanding artists. Through international cultural exchange, The National Ballet of China has attracted the attention of the international ballet world. Currently, Feng Ying, ballet mistress is the Director and Artistic Director.
With inspiring dance elements, graceful romantic love story and humoristic dramatic circumstances, these two works become indelible classics in ballet world. The ballet drama Carmen follows dance style like gypsy girl Carmen's personality, who is enthusiastic, outgoing and unrestrained. L'Arlesienne Suites is relatively quiet. Bizet's music features cadences, which integrates cheerful gentle dance, tranquil sorrow, passionate ebullience and innermost hope.
Two young lovers Federico and Vivetta from Provence are about to hold their wedding ceremony. Vivetta is drowning in the happiness of this incoming marriage, and feels incomparably proud. Yet Federico is indifferent and despondent: his heart has been on the girl from Arles. He seems to see her image dancing with everyone around him. His jealous heart is like a red banner blocking his eyes. The buddies of the couple push the two into the bridal chamber. Suddenly, a scream comes from the room...