Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Ballet West in Genting
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This week and next the Ballet West International Touring Company will perform Swan Lake and will give a series of masterclasses at the Genting International Showroom at Genting Highlands in Malaysia. The cast will be made up of instructors, recent graduates and students of the school. I have seen and reviewed Ballet West's performances of Swan Lake at Pitlochry in 2014 and Greencock last year and I am confident that the Malaysian public are in for a treat.
I have a very soft spot for Ballet West. It was they who started me blogging with their impressive performance of The Nutcracker at Pitlochry in Feb 2013 and I have attended at least one performance of every winter tour of Scotland ever since. Located some 500 miles from London they do not always get the attention of the largely metropolitan dance press and blogosphere that they deserve. They are a centre of excellence of which everyone in the UK (not just Scotsmen and women) should be proud. I know because I have experienced their training first hand (see Visiting Taynuilt 4 May 2018).
I have not yet visited Malaysia but I understand from members of my family who served there that it is beautiful and the pictures I have seen certainly reinforce that understanding. Malaysia also has a rapidly growing economy which is an important market for British goods and services. There is a clear link between a country's prowess in the performing arts and its perception by overseas consumers. All of us in the UK have an interest in the success of this tour.