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Royal Ballet will perform during 2011 centennial

SWANNING AROUND:In its first ever performance in Taiwan, two programs will be presented, the second one being the full-length romantic ballet ‘Giselle’

Staff Writer, with CNA

The Royal Ballet, a world-class classical ballet company based in London, will perform in Taiwan over a four-day period as part of the country’s 100th anniversary celebrations next year.

In its first ever performance in Taiwan, the world famous ballet company will present two dance programs to the accompaniment of the National Symphony Orchestra, according to the National Theater and Concert Hall (NTCH)

The first piece comprises three short dances and the second features the full-length romantic ballet Giselle, the NTCH said. They will be staged from June 30 to July 3 at National Theater Hall.

Kevin O’Hare, administrative director of the Royal Ballet, said the two programs will give Taiwanese audiences a chance to see the range of the company.

In Giselle, there will be four movements and they will be led by four sets of principal dancers.

“No role is too small,” O’Hare said. “Everyone in the company is very involved in the performance, and whenever you look, you will see the story continue.”

He said the Royal Ballet always brings the full company — 92 dancers and more than 50 technical personnel — when it tours.

“If you come to see a ballet and you don’t know anything about ballet, you still will be moved by the performance, because the whole company is telling the story,” he added.

Coincidentally, the Royal ballet will be celebrating its 80th founding anniversary next year, he said.

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