All Singing, All Dancing
Bangkok's 14th International Festival of Dance and Music
Since its inception in 1999, the Bangkok International Festival of Dance and Music has grown into not only the country’s largest celebration of the performing arts, attracting resident and international art lovers alike, but has also introduced an eclectic and wide-ranging lineup of opera, jazz, contemporary dance, ballet and concert repertoires from as far afield as Brazil, India, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, the US and the UK. Under the aegis of Royal Patron HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, this year’s 14th season runs until 14th October at the Thailand Cultural Centre, spanning three performance spaces including the 2000-seat Main Concert Hall.
Highlights this year include a unique opportunity to hear and see the first Asian performance of the multi-award winning score to the BBC’s Planet Earth documentary series.
Composed by George Fenton and boasting an Emmy and a Classical Brit, Richard Harvey conducts an orchestra of 85 musicians accompanying a showing of BBC's Planet Earth in full screen high definition.
And for dance buffs there’s a cornucopia of treats, like the Berlin State Ballet’s 120-member corps de ballet dancing Swan Lake, Argentina’s most famous exponents of tango Mariela Maldonado and Pablo Sosa, plus their 12-strong dance troupe, and quintet ViceVersa with their show Tango Legends, and the much lauded US contemporary dance group the Limón Dance Company, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year.