The 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand reached a high point in Bangkok on Monday night with a grand ballet performance.
Dancers dazzled before a full-house audience at the opening of the 19th Festival of Dance and Music at the Thailand Cultural Centre.
They performed the classical ballet Katya and the Prince of Siam.
VIPs witnessed the grandeur of Russian and Thai royal settings in stunning stage displays and choreography from the Ekaterinburg Ballet and Opera Theatre.
It’s the story of a Thai King’s adolescent son who is educated at St Petersburg under the patronage of Emperor Nicholas.
The prince travelled on the Trans-Siberian Express to begin his education.
In St Petersburg, he waltzed with Katya and fell in love.
But they were separated when she went to the war front as a nurse.
When she returned they get married. But she is not accepted in Thailand.
However, the Queen teaches her Thai classical dance and Thais, including the King, eventually embrace her.
The Russian series at the 19th Festival of Dance and Music continues with a performance of Cinderella on Wednesday, Spartacus on Friday and Le Corsaire on Sunday.
For a full list of all 13 international programs up until October 18, go to www.bangkokfestivals.com. (The Nation is the festival’s media partner.