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American Ballet Theatre ‘excited’ about return to China in November

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American Ballet Theatre ‘excited’ about return to China in November

‘For us, it’s a joyful experience,’ says artistic director Susan Jaffe, on the company’s first visit to the country since 2013The tour was delayed for two years by the pandemic and is taking place amid fears US-China rivalry will dilute cultural exchangesUS-China relationsLaura ZhouPublished: 12:00pm, 1 Oct, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

The US national ballet company will return to the stage in China next month for the first time in a decade, in the latest push for cultural exchanges between the two countries amid their continuing tensions.Led by artistic director Susan Jaffe, the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) will perform in Beijing and Shanghai in early November, when they will present audiences with a full production of Giselle, perhaps the most beloved early romantic ballet in the world.

The ABT is also the first major US arts group to perform in China’s national theatre, where arts performances from abroad have only recently resumed after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jaffe – the company’s principal dancer for 22 years until 2002 – said the company was excited to be returning to China after a decade.

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