Royal Danish Ballet tells of love in Bournonville’s ‘Napoli’
Date:June 23-24, 2016
Add:Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd
The Royal Danish Ballet will bring their classic performance “Napoli” to Shanghai in June. The three-act ballet premiered at the Royal Danish Theater in 1842. It is not only one of August Bournonville’s masterpieces, but also a shining example of Danish interpretation of romanticism. In “Napoli,” we meet Teresina and Gennaro, a young couple that must suffer greatly before they can finally be united. Their boundless love and Christian faith lead them to defeat the powers of darkness and enjoy happiness. Choreographically, Bournonville sought inspiration from domestic as well as foreign styles of dance, juxtaposing classical dance in the pas de six with the tarantula, an Italian folk dance. Ever since its premiere, “Napoli” has remained one of Denmark’s favorite ballets and one of Royal Danish Ballet’s most influential repertoires.