Le ballet du siècle de Taipei (2013 Outstanding Troupe)
Founded in: 2007
Performance type: dance
Contact person: Dance Director / Li Lin Li-li
Contact phone number: (02) 27770-1266 #701
Email address: [email protected]
Contact address: 10th Floor, No. 200, Zhongxiao East Road, Daan District, Taipei City
The group was established in 2007. Its members include elite in dance departments of domestic colleges and outstanding dancers returning from overseas. It has cooperated with many symphony orchestras. Its repertoire include difficult ballet epics such as “Firebird,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Nutcracker,” and ballet blanc classics “Swan Lake,” “Copplia,” etc., and they have achieved great results.
The group has traveled to Europe and France many times for art exchanges to promote Taiwanese culture. With sponsors including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and the Overseas Chinese Affairs Council, they were able to win three silver medals and one bronze medal in international ballet competitions in France and Belgium, and have won praise from European judges and audiences.
Major Performances or Productions
"Little Mermaid" – Based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, symphonic poem by Zimlinski Alexander von Zemlinsky
The ballet was adapted from the famous fairy tale “Little Mermaid,” and the dancers used ballet to mimic sea creatures. The sharp contrast between the mermaid’s pursuit for love, purity and innocence and the sea witch’s evil and creepiness was styled with highly difficult techniques by the dancers playing the characters. The choreographer carefully designed the characteristics and levels of each role. For example, the hallucinatory “Dream-Mermaid Pas de Deux,” was a great test for the choreographers and the dancers but also the most attractive part of this dance.
It is the work of Igor Stravinsky, a legendary 20th century Russian composer of modernist classical music, and was among the classic repertoire of Diaghilev Russian Ballet. It is regarded the first milestone in the development of avant-garde ballet in the 20th century. Seven parts of kaleidoscopic music paint the fantastic scenes of struggles against the dark lord – the depression symbolizing dark lord, the firebird dance representing hope and light, the dream of the girl, the tension of good against evil – all were depicted vividly on stage. The glamor of Firebird, one of the most popular ballet works and music in the past one hundred years, is simply breathtaking.
"Brilliant Ballet Dream“
In this performance, you can enjoy the beauty/cruelty of ballet. We created two new dances: “Opera Aida-Egyptian Dance” and “Mon Coeur est un Violon” for the program. It combined romantic melodies of French chanson and pas du deux to show the limits of love, touching people’s hearts. Other numbers included highlights of the first two acts of classic ballet “Don Quixote” and the third act of “Pirates”.
Recent Domestic and Overseas Performances
2015 “Brilliant Ballet Dream” Le ballet du siècle Annual Performances, Parent-child Theater
2015 “Evergreen Group 50th Anniversary Concert” Taipei International Convention Center, Hsinchu County Performing Arts Hall, Taichung Port Art Center, Tainan Cultural Center
2014 “Taiwan Lantern Festival at Nantou Closing Ceremony” Nantou Chung Hsing New Village
2014 “Prague International Dance Art Festival” Czech Republic
2013 “Montpellier International Ballet Competition” France
2013 “Montpellier International Ballet Competition Ballet,” Silver Medal, France
2013 “Belgian Ballet Art International Dance Competition” Third Prize, Advanced Ballet Category, Belgium
2012 “Montpellier International Ballet Competition,” Bronze Medal, Pas du Deux Category, France
Major Events This Year