Swan Lake and Saltbush to Warm Nanjing’s Winter

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Swan Lake

A rich mixture of local, national and international troupes are incoming to the Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts over the next few months, giving us many more options for entertainment during the coming bleak, wintery days.

Two of the upcoming performances of likely interest to readers of The Nanjinger are Swan Lake and Saltbush.

The former hardly needs introduction. Starring Yekaterina Chebykina, Anastasia Kolegova, Yekaterina Osmolkina, Timur Askerov and Yevgeny Ivanchenko, together with orchestra conductor, Alexei Repnikov, this rendition is a world-famous dance drama, integrating ballet, theatre performance and symphony art.

Swan Lake runs from 23 to 25 November at varying times. Lasting 190 minutes, the show will be performed at the Opera Hall of the Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts.

If it’s a less formal, more integrative performance you’re after, than check out the Australian presentation Saltbush, which journeys through the culture and landscape of Aboriginal Australia, utilising live dance, music, song and stories.

Collaborating on the project to produce the highly acclaimed work are Aboriginal artists, working with Insite Arts and the internationally acclaimed Italian company, Compagnia TPO.

Perhaps what makes this performance so unique is the fact that children are invited to explore, play and dance with the performers, as the landscape unfolds around them, providing a unique immersive experience where the audience becomes part of the visually beautiful journey.

Saltbush runs from the 22 to the 25 of November at varying times, with some in the day, as well as evening performances. Lasting 45 minutes, the show will be performed in the Function Room of the Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for both Swan Lake and Saltbush can be purchased via the Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts website @ www.jsartcentre.org.

Located in Olympiad, close to downtown Nanjing, the recently-built grand theatre is a bucket list item for any Nanjinger. Consisting of six different auditoriums and a gallery, the entire theatre can seat close to 9,000 people, with each stage dedicated to its unique performing art. Truly a state of the art, the architectural marvel that is Jiangsu Centre for Performing Arts is a beauty unto itself.