English ballet features local dancer in Vietnam

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The world-renowned English National Ballet is touring its Vue de l'Autre, a piece choreographed by Vietnamese dancer Le Ngoc Van, around the country this week, Tuoi Tre reported.

Performances by the ballet, including Van, who was born in Hanoi and has worked for the company since 2003, took place at the Opera House in Hanoi on September 14 and is playing at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on September 16.

Though the trip, arranged by the British Council Vietnam, represented the first Vietnam visit by the prestigious ballet company's eight artists, it is Van's second performance in his hometown after 15 years of studying the art abroad.

According to Craig Hassall, CEO of the English National Ballet Company, Van's choreography was chosen for performance in Vietnam not only because he is Vietnamese but also because the work was praised by English audiences when it debuted in March at the London Coliseum.

In addition, the Vietnamese artist and his foreign colleagues performed Trois Gnossiennes, excerpts from Suite en Blanc and the Black Swan Pas de Deux in other highlights of the free event.

"It is impossible to put a price on art," Tuoi Tre quoted Van, who worked at Marseille Ballet Theater in France for five years before settling down in London, as saying. "In addition, both European people and their governments appreciate and sponsor high-level art."

Before the two performances, the English National Ballet, which consists of 70 artists from 22 countries worldwide, delivered a master class for the Vietnam National Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Vietnam College of Dance in Hanoi on September 13.

A further class is also scheduled for the HCMC Ballet and Symphony Orchestra and the HCMC College of Dance on September 16.

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