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