Berlin ballet company performs ‘Swan Lake’ in Bangkok

Friday, 02 November 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 44 By  Elfi Seitz

German State Minister Cornelia Pieper was on hand as the Ballet of the State Opera of Berlin performed “Swan Lake” at the Bangkok International Festival of Dance and Music.

Pieper attended the Oct. 2 performance as guest of Ambassador Rolf Schulze and his wife Petronella at the Cultural Center.  The performance was organized to commemorate 150 years of bilateral relations between Thailand and Germany.

Ballerinas perform Swan Lake at the Cultural Center in Bangkok. Ballerinas perform Swan Lake at the Cultural Center in Bangkok.

Soloists rotated each of the two days between Iana Salenko and Shoko Nakamura as Odette/Odile, as well as Prince Siegfried, whose role Marian Walter and Dimitry Seminonov performed.

Leonard Jakovina as Prime Minister Rothbart drew strong reviews and Benno von Sommerstein, as played by Kevin Pouzou and Alexej Orlenco, were also well received.  Elisa Carillo Cabrera played the queen.

Patrice Bart took charge of choreography while Maurizio Montobbio handled lighting.  Christiane Theobald produced while Luisa Spinatelli designed the costumes.

Artistic director was Vladimir Malakhov, who was once praised as the dancer of the century.  Anton Grishanin was the conductor of the Chelyabinsk State Symphony Orchestra.

Schulze presented the dancers and technical directors afterward with flower bouquets.

(From left) The German Ambassador Rolf Schulze, State Minister Cornelia Pieper and Mrs, Petronella Schulze.  (From left) The German Ambassador Rolf Schulze, State Minister Cornelia Pieper and Mrs, Petronella Schulze.

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