Bangkok’s 17th International Festival of Dance and Music, an annual event that showcases renowned international music, dance and other productions, is back! This year’s line-up includes many gems; below are some of the performances that older kids and teens may enjoy.
Sleeping Beauty on Ice
Performance dates: Friday, 18 September (7.30pm)
Saturday, 19 September (2.30 and 7.30pm)
Sunday, 20 September (2.30 pm)
The Imperial Ice Stars, the world’s leading performers of theatrical ice dance from the UK, return to Bangkok with their stunning production of Sleeping Beauty on Ice. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty on Ice narrates the classic fairy tale through sublime world-class skating, high speed lifts and throws, awe-inspiring aerial gymnastics, stilt skating and fire effects – all in the intimacy of the theatre stage.
The Fame Monster: World’s Best Lady Gaga Tribute in Concert
Performance date: Monday, 14 September (7.30pm)
For Lady Gaga fans, The Fame Monster has to be the ultimate treat. Originating in Milan in 2009, the show immediately established itself as the best European Tribute Performance to Lady Gaga. The stage production is identical to what Lady Gaga puts on stage, with live musicians and dancers. The impersonator herself – Dale Lapointe – has shared the stage with Lady Gaga during her last tour “The Art pop Ball Tour.”
Swan Lake, a Ballet in Two Acts
Performance dates: Thursday, 24 September (7.30pm)
Friday, 25 September (7.30pm)
The Novosibirsk Ballet Theatre, one of Russia’s leading ballet companies, presents a spectacular version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, one of the most romantic and famous fables. A real breakthrough in dramatic composition, the Novosibirsk company created its own version based on the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov in the editions of Konstantin Sergeev and Igor Zelensky.
Performance date: Thursday, 13 October (7.30pm)
The Malandain Ballet Biarritz, founded in 1998, has under the direction of Thierry Malandain become well-established both nationally and internationally. It is regarded as one of the most important companies on the French choreographic landscape. Cinderella, with score by Prokofiev, provides a very fresh personal vision of the ballet with flowing, brilliant, ethereal, often inventive and spiritual choreography.
Performance date: Friday 16 October (7.30pm)
Choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti devotes himself to a piece that cries out for a fanciful implementation: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, a 1865 novel for children and adults. The adventures of little Alice are a veritable festival of fantasy. Putting his vision on stage is Gauthier Dance, a young, dynamic company of highly versatile dancers from Germany.
All performances are held at the Thailand Cultural Centre, and tickets can be purchased through Thai Ticket Major.