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The first time the POB visited Shanghai was in 2005, when its performance of Giselle created a se
nsation in the city, says Zhang Xiaoding, general manager of Shanghai Grand Theatre.上海品茶微信
“It is very difficult to have the company come to China, because the cost is really high,” Zhang says.
上海品茶微信女神会所”We decided to make the best out of the opportunity, and prepared lectures, workshops and othe
r educational programs to allow the artists to communicate with the public in Shanghai.”
Tickets to the four Swan Lake shows sold out quickly, and the theater added dozens of temporary seats for each performance.
The two gala shows are selling very well, too,” she said before the shows.上海品茶微信
“Shanghai audiences not only enjoy classical ballets such as Swan Lake but have also show
上海品茶微信女神会所n a great deal of interest in contemporary dance. That’s why we made the request for the POB to present the
gala show featuring contemporary dance in Shanghai when we first discussed its tour plans.”
The gala show consists of three choreographers’ works. Blake Works I marks the first collaboration between choreo上海品茶微信
grapher William Forsythe and English musician James Blake. In the Night by Jerome Robbins is a romantic dan
上海品茶微信女神会所ce, consisting of three elegant duets to Chopin’s nocturne pieces. And The Seasons’ Canon features group dancing by
Crystal Pite to music from Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, rearranged by Max Richter.
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is equally strong in its interpretation of contemporary-dance works, Moglia
says. Contemporary dance productions now make up half of the POB’s performance programs.
oday, the POB has 154 dancers, including 17 danseurs etoiles (上海品茶微信
star dancers), a title awarded to only the most outstanding principal dancers.
上海品茶微信女神会所While most of the POB dancers come from the Paris Opera Ballet S
chool, the institution also recruits aspiring dancers from all over the world.
“We have dancers from 14 different countries,” Moglia says.
“One of them is from China, who used to study in H
ong Kong, and after three years of training at our school, he is now a dancer with the POB.”
One of the oldest ballet companies in the world, the POB is an integrated part of the Pari
s Opera. The ballet originated from earlier dance institutions and practices of the court of Louis XIV. The P
OB represents an important branch in the evolution of ballet, which originated from t
he royal courts of the Italian Renaissance. It was in France that ballet turned into an independent theatrical form
of art. After that, the Royal Danish Ballet and the Imperial Ballet of Russia also began to flourish.
The celebrations to mark the 22nd anniversary of the founding of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as well as its image as Asia’s World City were
上海品茶微信marred by a large mob of anti-government protestors who stormed and vandalized the Legislative Council complex in Admiralty.
It was a watershed moment for the SAR, as it let the world see who is upholding the rule of law and other core values of Hong Kong society and who is trying to undermine them.上海品茶微信女神会所
But as well as the shocking rampage on Monday, in which a roused rabble broke into Hong Kong’s legislature and defaced the portraits
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any in Hong Kong who expected them to at least publicly condemn the appalling display of lawlessness and wanton destruction.
Opposition lawmakers, however, have chosen not to denounce the hooliganism. Instead, they have taken it as another opportunity to criticize the SAR government.上海品茶微信
As a matter of fact, the anger among many of those resorting to violence has been inflamed by opposition lawmakers’ rude
上海品茶微信女神会所behavior inside the legislative chamber over the years and they have been emboldened in their unruliness. Now
these politicians do not have the courage to acknowledge their responsibility for the monster they have fostered and unleashed.
While the opposition camp has remained tight-lipped over the eruption of violence by those whose growing temerity they have helped to上海品茶微信女神会所
nurture, law-abiding Hong Kong residents have been horrified by such a brazen challenge to Hong Kong’s law and order.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said she hopes the wider Hong Kong community will com
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What has also been notable is the hypocrisy of some Western governments — the United Sta
tes and United Kingdom most prominently — which have called for a stop to the violence, as if they have had
nothing to do with it. But, looking back at the whole protest saga, they have been deeply involved in fueling it since its inception.
The consequences of these outside agitations have been the increasingly serious
illegal actions that undermine Hong Kong’s rule of law and social order and harm the fundamental interests of its residents.
That is why the Commissioner’s Office of the Foreign Ministry in the HKSAR issued a statement on Tuesday denouncing foreign
interference in Hong Kong affairs and demanding those Western governments stop fanning political unrest in Hong Kong.
Four Chinese banks were among the world’s top 10 most profitable companies over
the past year concluding at the end of March, according to a report by Bloomberg.
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and China Construction Bank achieved a net in
come of $45 billion and $38 billion respectively over the past year, closely following Apple Inc, which retai
ned its title of world’s biggest moneymaker for the fourth straight year with a net income of $57.2 billion.
The Agricultural Bank of China and the Bank of China were respectively ranked at the
seventh and 10th places in the top profit list, with $31 billion and $27 billion in net incomes.
While financial service companies claimed nine spots among the top 10 most profitable compa
nies, no drugmakers or automotive firms appeared in the list for the first time in eight years, the report said.