Royal Ballet coming to Shanghai

Updated: 2014-06-29 07:48

By Zhang Kun (China Daily)

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Royal Ballet coming to Shanghai

Production designer Tim Hatley has created a dynamic staging. Photos Provided to China Daily

Acosta described his Don Quixote as a "feel-good ballet", as well as a vehicle for technical display. "Everything is over the top and satiric," says Acosta, 40, of Cuba. "The dancing isn't just happening on the stage floor but also on top of tables, on wagons and all sorts of places. I was eager to keep the ghost of the classical tradition but at the same time I wanted to explore deeper into what we can do today."

Production designer Tim Hatley "has created a brilliantly dynamic staging - it's almost like the scenery is dancing with us".

The ballet was inspired by the Spanish novel by Cervantes, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. Martin Yates, the music director of the show, will conduct the Shanghai Opera House Symphony and play music by Ludwig Minkus. The Russian composer wrote the original score in the 19th century, and Yates re-orchestrated it for the new production.

The Royal Ballet was founded in 1931 and granted a royal charter in 1956, becoming Britain's flagship national ballet company. The troupe made its first tour in Shanghai in 1983. A performance of The Sleeping Beauty was given accompanied by the Shanghai Ballet Symphony Orchestra.

Qian Shijin, an artistic adviser for Shanghai Grand Theater, was a violinist in the symphony when the Royal Ballet gave its first performance in Shanghai. "We were all so excited about the Royal Ballet's visit," he recalls.

When Shanghai Grand Theater opened in 1998, Qian tried his best to bring in the Royal Ballet, and succeeded the following year. The troupe's most recent visit was in 2008, when they performed L'histoire de Manon.