This year’s Bangkok International Festival of Dance & Music program to include ‘1001 Nights,’ ‘Swan Lake,’ ‘Cinderella on Ice’

Cinderella on Ice. Image courtesy of Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music
Cinderella on Ice. Image courtesy of Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music

Bangkok’s about to get six straight weeks of remarkable ballet on ice, acrobatics, opera, dance, live music and more, as Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music returns bigger than ever this year.

The festival will open on September 11 with a performance of the classic opera Turandot by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. The story, set in China, sees a certain Prince Calaf falling in love with Princess Turandot, who challenges her suitor to solve three riddles before she will accept his proposal to wed. If he fails just one, however, then he’ll have to suffer death as the consequence. Geez, lady. 

Turandot. Image courtesy of Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music
Turandot. Image courtesy of Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music
Swan Lake on Ice. Image courtesy of Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music
Swan Lake on Ice. Image courtesy of Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music

Moving on — there will be a total of 13 shows, some of which will take place on a frozen stage. Swan Lake, for instance, will have over 30 skaters taking contemporary dance to another level — with daring jumps, loops and axels on ice.

Another one of the ice skating productions will include Cinderella on Ice, which gives a new interpretation to the timeless fairy tale by bringing in melodramatic music together with dazzling costumes and narrative ballet. 

The list goes on with stage interpretations of Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the classic Arabian folktale One Thousand and One Nights. Both productions will be performed by Kremlin Ballet Theatre, the troupe that was founded decades ago in the Kremlin Palace.

One Thousand and One Nights. Image courtesy of Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music
One Thousand and One Nights. Image courtesy of Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music

Bangkok’s 21st International Festival of Dance and Music will run from September 11 through October 23 at Thailand Cultural Centre. The full schedule is available on the official website. Tickets can be purchased online

Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music was established back in 1999 to commemorate the late King Bhumibol’s 72th birthday.

 

FIND IT:
Bangkok’s 21st International Festival of Dance and Music
September 11 – October 23
Thailand Cultural Centre, 14, Tiam Ruam Mit Rd, Huai Kwang, Bangkok
Phone: +662 204 2394
MRT: Thailand Cultural Centre

 

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