[September 27, 2016, Beijing] The National Grand Theatre and the French family of Van Cleef & Arpels Van Cleef & Arpels officially announced that they will be held on November 26 and 27 Beijing Qingqing presents the ‘International Star Ballet Collection’ (also known as ‘GALA’) performance, which represents the highest level of ballet in the world today. Ms. Zhao Ruzhen, Director of Dance Art of the National Grand Theater, Ms. Catherine Rénier, President of Van Cleef & Arpels Asia Pacific, Ms. Lai Yuxin, Managing Director of Van Cleef & Arpels China, etc. Another international ballet feast at the Grand Theatre kicked off.
Since its opening, the National Theatre has been dedicated to promoting and popularizing classic and modern ballet art. Since hosting the first ‘International Star Ballet Collection’ in 2008, the project has become an iconic art brand of the National Theatre. This performance form that brings together the highlights of international star performances is also called ‘GALA’ by the industry. In each session of ‘GALA’, the National Grand Theater will publish ‘hero posts’, inviting ‘head-level’ figures from all walks of life in the international dance forest to join it, making it a rare event in the Chinese dance industry.
At the same time, as one of the projects of the ballet section of the ‘2016 National Grand Theater Dance Festival’, this year’s ‘GALA’ will also gather a number of star actors from world-renowned ballet theaters, including: the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia’s Semyon Chudin and Ekaterina Krysanova, Vladimir Shklyarov and Maria Shirinkina of Mariinsky Ballet St. Petersburg, Sarah Lamb and Matthew Golding of The Royal Ballet, New York City Megan Fairchild and Gonzalo Garcia of Ballet), Friedemann Vogel and Oscar Chacon of Stuttgart Ballet (Germany), Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino of the former Bavarian State Opera Ballet (Berlin State Ballet) World-renowned ballet artists such as Marina Kanno and Arman Grigoryan. They will perform the most classic fragments of traditional ballet repertoire and some contemporary ballet works. Different from general ballet performances, ‘GALA’ will present the best artists and the most exciting dance drama clips to the audience on the same night, satisfying the audience’s exploration and desire for ballet art appreciation, and getting a perfect enjoyment.
The origins of Van Cleef & Arpels and ballet art can be traced back to New York in the early 1940s. Mr. Louis Arpels, a family member of the family, is a senior ballet and opera enthusiast. At his urging, the family used this as a source of inspiration to design a variety of ballerina brooches. Since then, the ballerina has become one of the Van Cleef & Arpels logo designs, which has also opened the family and ballet art. By chance, Claude Arpels, Louise’s nephew, met George Balanchine, a famous choreographer and founder of the New York City Ballet. Their passion for gems also contributed to the birth of Balanchine’s famous ballet, Jewels, which was inspired by emeralds, rubies and diamonds, and premiered in 1967. Today, Van Cleef & Arpels continues to have an inextricable bond with the ballet world, working with French dancer, choreographer and founder of the LA Dance Project Benjamin Millepied since 2013 Since the beginning of the year, he has collaborated in presenting the ballet trilogy Gems, including: Reflections, Hearts & Arrows, and On the Other Side, Performances around the world.
Because of this, with the same dedication to the ultimate aesthetics of ballet art, the National Grand Theatre and Van Cleef & Arpels Van Cleef & Arpels present the performance of the ‘meta’. At the press conference, Ms. Catherine Rénier, President of Van Cleef & Arpels Asia-Pacific, said: ‘Van Cleef & Arpels has focused on and promoted the development of ballet art projects worldwide for years. Hope Through this performance, we will appreciate the beauty of ballet art with highly appreciative Chinese audiences and continue to facilitate the exchange of art and culture. ‘
In order to celebrate the grand event, the family will perpetually love and praise the ballet art, devoted to the creation of 25 pieces of the world’s only masterpiece, the high-end jewelry series Ballet Précieux. Inspired by 6 classic ballets: ‘Swan Lake’, ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Almid’s Gazebo’, ‘Fairies’, ‘The Fairy of the Rose’ and ‘Firebird’. Ballerina’s graceful dance, noble and elegant stage costumes and beautiful and magnificent stage dance beauty, through the unparalleled personality gems and outstanding craftsmanship will cast beautiful moments.