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Although Ham­let is an “ex­tremely dif­fi­cult role”, Deane praises the dancer for be­ing “in­tense, quiet and in­volved … with the music, emo­tions, the char­ac­ter”.

Wu has been a dancer with the Shang­hai Bal­let since 2003, per­form­ing the lead­ing roles in the com­pany’s reper­toires, such as Swan Lake, Jane Eyre and Echoes of Eter­nity.

To il­lus­trate the psy­cho­log­i­cal world of the “very dis­turbed, sad, some­times happy and con­trol­ling per­son­al­ity” of Ham­let, the British stage de­signer Lez Brother­ston has cre­ated con­trast­ing cos­tumes for Ham­let and other char­ac­ters, as well as a two-level stage, with one level pre­sent­ing the col­ors of the court and the other a bare and iso­lated room ofHam­let.

The music ar­range­ment, by Michael Eng­land, in­cor­po­rates dif­fer­ent pieces by Tchaikovsky. Eng­land will be con­duct­ing the sym­phony of the Shang­hai Opera House, per­form­ing live music to ac­com­pany for the bal­let.

CHEN LUNXUN / FOR CHINA DAILY

Dancers of the Shang­hai Bal­let re­hearse for the up­com­ing per­for­mances of Ham­let.

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