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Classical ballet celebrates Thai-German diplomacy

What a way to celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Thailand - with a bravura performance of "Swan Lake" by the State Ballet of Berlin.

Revered as the top classical ballet company of Germany, the company has now performed its magical version of this work to rapt audiences around the world. Its timeless grace and beauty never fail to win over viewers of all ages and nationalities.

This is going to be a real extravaganza, with one of the most elaborate sets ever seen in Bangkok, performed by some of the most prize-winning dancers from international competitions to ever grace a stage here. The 120-member dance troupe will be accompanied by 72 musicians for performances on the evenings of October 2 and 3 at the Thailand Cultural Centre. The shows are part of Bangkok's 14th International Festival of Dance and Music.

But first a little background on the company: In 2004 the ballet companies of the country's three state-run opera houses were merged into a single entity: the Staatsballet Berlin - State Ballet of Berlin.

Appointed as artistic director was Vladimir Malakhov, one of the ballet world's most famous personalities. He has been entrusted with preserving a sacred tradition that has a long history in the country, stretching back to 1794, when the first ballet troupe was founded. Over the centuries, giants in the ballet world like


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