Taipei, The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) will hold its annual outdoor concert series starting later this month but will be accompanied for the first time by ballet performances to give the shows a visual component, the NSO said Monday.
The concert series, held every year since 2017, will put on shows in Hualien on Aug 22, Miaoli on Sept. 5, Tainan on Sept. 6, and Penghu on Oct. 9 under the theme “Shall We Dance,” the NSO said in a statement.
The orchestra will perform well-known masterpieces, including “Arabian Dance” from Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, and arias “Non piu andrai” from Mozart’s opera Le Nozze di Figaro and “Shall We Dance” from the movie The King and I, according to the NSO.
Incorporating ballet into the performances for the first time will give the audience a visual presentation in addition to the musical experience, said the orchestra’s executive director Kuo Wen-chen (郭玟岑).
“Presenting the rhythm of life and inspiring the audience is the biggest satisfaction for performers,” Kuo said.
Special activities will be held during each concert to encourage audiences of different ages to dance with the music and feel the energy of culture, Kuo said.
“We often forget that older people also have many needs, and they actually have a lot of vitality, but they have a tough time letting it out under the social framework that exists today. So we hope they can express themselves through this music,” Kuo said.
“Since music is the most intuitive way to express one’s emotions, we hope to bring music that can get seniors moving and participating in the show, and bring an element of cultural equality in the process,” Kuo said.
When asked about the biggest difficulty of performing outdoors, Capital Ballet Administration Manager Leona Yu (尤儷蓉) said it will take experienced dancers to deal with the variety of surfaces at the different venues, ranging from grass to cement.
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Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel