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Song n’ Dance

August 15, 2016
Bangkok’s 18th International Festival of Dance & Music
It’s easy to be seduced by Bangkok’s ancient culture, from traditional temples to plush palaces and mighty museums. For a hit of the contempo culture stick, however, book tickets for Bangkok’s 18th International Festival of Dance & Music.

The city's biggest annual arts festival stages inspiring opera, dance, ballet, jazz and classical music, with ballets such as Swan Lake and operas including Carmen topping the bill. With over 20 performances over five weeks in September and October, it stars more than a thousand artists, with plenty to please culture vultures.

As international as the United Nations, the bill includes Moscow’s acclaimed Stanislavsky Ballet performing Giselle and Swan Lake, with Russia’s Helikon-Opera theatre presenting Carmen and Un Ballo in Maschera. From India, Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company celebrates classical and modern kathak dance in Uncharted Seas, to the beat of anklet bells. China’s National Acrobatic Troupe provides thrills n’ spills, from hoop skills to bike stunts.

Music fans can tune in to the Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra, playing a four-piece programme including Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1. Modern dance fans will love American troupe Paul Taylor Dance Company’s two riveting programs.

There’s a strong European showing too, with Spanish flamenco to get your Manolos tapping, jazz from Belgium, two Swiss-performed ballets, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet by France’s Ballet Preljocaj, and family-friendly festive romp The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol from Germany’s Karlsruhe Ballet. Multi-culti magic!

Sep-Oct, 2016.
Bangkok’s 18th International Festival of Dance & Music / Thailand Cultural Centre / Ratchadapisek Rd / +66 2 247 0028 / bangkokfestivals.com
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