September, 12 2011 10:35:21

English National Ballet to perform in Viet Nam

HA NOI — The English National Ballet will perform at the Ha Noi Opera House on Wednesday and at the Opera House in HCM City two days later, according to the British Council.

The ballet company will also present a master class for the Viet Nam National Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Viet Nam College of Dance in Ha Noi tomorrow. An additional class will also take place in HCM City for the HCM City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra and HCM City College of Dance on Friday.

The company will also tape a future VTV3 broadcast, giving a talk under the theme of Sharing Best Practice of UK Ballet.

"This historic visit by a world-renowned ballet company is a major milestone," said British Council Viet Nam director Robin Rickard. "We are delighted by their decision to appear in Viet Nam and share not just their performance but also their expertise."

The company is scheduled to perform Vue de l'Autre with choreography by Vietnamese dancer Le Ngoc Van. Van was born in Ha Noi and joined the English National Ballet in 2003. Other highlights are expected to include performances of Trois Gnossiennes, excerpts from Suite en Blanc and the Black Swan Pas de Deux.

Bac Lieu festival salutes theatrical classic

Bac Lieâu — Bac Lieu held the Da Co Hoai Lang Festival on September 9 to commemorate the late musician Cao Van Lau who made great contributions to the appearance and development of the famous piece of cai luong (reformed theatre) 92 years ago. The four-day event, coinciding with National Theatre Day, was also designed to honour the developing tradition of southern music.

Da Co Hoai Lang describes the love and fear of a woman whose husband has been a long time at the front. She feels loneliness and unease and worries whether he will keep his love for her when he living in a faraway place where he could be attracted by another beauty.

Da Lat flower festival to open in December

Ha Noi — The Da Lat Flower Festival will take place in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong from December 30, 2011 to January 3, 2012, with an opening ceremony on the night of December 31, announced the Lam Dong People's Committee.

The highlights of the festival will include a floral parade under the theme of Flower and Light, and an entertainment programme entitled Flower Space at the Da Lat golf course.

A series of cultural events will be held during the festival, encouraging participants to join in, including a flower road at the Palace Hotel and tours of flower villages, fields and villas, a trade village fair, a gala night of street dances and flower balloon performances. The event is expected to attract around 300,000 visitors. — VNS

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