Get ready Guangzhou! The 2011 Guangzhou Arts Festival is coming up quickly, and you won't want to miss it! It will be held from September 15th to October 28th at the Guangzhou Opera House, and will host 600 artists from China and eight other countries, for a grand total of eleven spectacular performances. Below, we will give you a quick preview of some of the performances to look forward to:
1) Thousand-hands Bodhisattva
Opening the 2011 Guangzhou Arts Festival, famous Chinese choreographer Zhang Jigang, who you might remember as one of the people responsible for the ridiculously awesome closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will present his dance-drama masterpiece “Thousand-hands Bodhisattva”. Performed by the Taiyuan Dance Troupe, “Thousand-hands Bodhisattva” tells the tale of a Chinese princess who becomes a bodhisattva after sacrificing herself to save others. The show features over 200 dancers.
When: September 15-16th, 20:00
Tickets: 80, 180, 280, 480, 680,880, 1280 RMB
2) Ballet Nacional de España
Arguably the best flamenco dance company in the world, The Spanish National Ballet working with artistic director José Antonio, will be performing "The Legend" (La Leyenda), a Flamenco Dance performance, at the 2011 Guangzhou Arts Festival. "The Legend" is Antonio's tribute to a dancer named Carmen Amaya, who is basically considered one of the best Flamenco dancers of all time. With Antonio, Amaya and over 40 other dancers teaming up for this performance, it is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
When: September 23-24th, 20:00
Tickets: 80, 180, 280, 480, 680,880, 1280 RMB
3) Murray Perahia Piano Recital
Performing Chopin's "First Piano Concerto" to win at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, and with more than 35 years of performing under his belt, Murray Perahia is one of the most admired contemporary pianists today. His piano recital performance at the 2011 Guangzhou Arts Festival will feature Bach's "French Suite No. 5 in G major", Beethoven's "Sonata No. 27 in E minor", Brahms's "Klavierstücke", Schumann's "Kinderszenen", and three works by Chopin, including "Prelude No. 8 in F# minor", "Mazurka No. 4 in C#" and Scherzo No. 3 in C# minor". If you are a fan of classical music, then you won't want to miss this performance.
When: October 14th, 20:00
Tickets: 80, 180, 280, 380, 480, 680 RMB
4) Mamma Mia!
Perhaps the most “buzzed about” performance of the festival is the Chinese version of the classic Broadway musical “Mamma Mia!”. The “highly original” Chinese version of the musical (marking the 14th language that it has been adapted for) has been completely translated into Chinese, while still maintaining the 22-track ABBA soundtrack and all of the original’s charm. A story of both love and laughter, “Mamma Mia!” in Chinese is sure to please audiences everywhere. The first performance of “Mamma Mia!” concludes the Guangzhou Arts Festival, but audiences can still catch other performances of it until the end of November.
When: October 28th - November 24th, 20:00
Tickets: 99, 280, 480, 680 RMB; Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights: 99, 280, 480, 680, 880 RMB
Guangzhou Opera House Full Schedule:
The Thousand-hand Bodhisattva by Taiyuan Dance Troupe
La Leyenda by Ballet Nacional de España, Director: José Najarro
Non-verbal performance BEAT! by Seoul Performing Arts Company
Moscow CIS Youth Orchestra with Vladimir Spivakov and Ning Feng
Men in Tutus by Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Murray Perahia Piano Recital
Vienna Boys Choir
Play with Us by Korean Percussion Quartet
Piano Prodigy Niu Niu & Lucerne Festival Strings
Oct 28- Nov 24th
Musical MAMMA MIA! (Chinese Version)
When: Sep 15 - Oct 28, 2011
Where: Guangzhou Opera HouseView In Map
Add: 1 Zhujiang Xilu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Ticket hotline: 4008-808-922
Price: 80/180/280/380/480/680 RMB
Bus: Take subway line 3 or 5 and get off at Zhujiang New Town, Exit B1
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