"The festival will be the first international important art and culture event to be held in Ninh Binh province," said Tong Quang Thin, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee and head of the festival organising committee.
"This is a good chance for local people to access international-standard culture and art and an opportunity to popularise tourism in the province," he said.
The festival will gather about 24 troupes from professional theatres and art schools, including 15 foreign and nine Vietnamese. The artists will stage dances lasting from 20 to 40 minutes that will be judged on artistic merit.
The foreign troupes will include Colombian Periferia Dance, Egyptian Port-Said Folk Dance, Japanese Mariko Tosa Modern Ballet Academy, and Russia’s Vezelitsa Art Troupe. Others will be from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Laos, Myanmar and Malaysia.
Vietnamese artists will be from the Vietnam Dance College, Military Culture and Arts College, southern-based Sao Bien Folk Dance and Sing Theatre, Vietnam National Ballet and Opera and provincial troupes from Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Hoa Binh, Son La and Tuyen Quang.
The sixth panel will be of veteran artists and researchers including an artist from the Republic of Tatarstan, Aleksander Barmin; Swedish researcher in dance theory, Katarina Lion from the Theatre Department at the University of Stockholm; Dr Chua Soo Pong, chairman of the Singapore International Foundation; Tian Bei Bei, deputy-head of College Music in Capital Normal University in Beijing; People’s Artist Doan Vuong Linh and the National Ballet’s director Pham Anh Phuong, who will chair the panel.
The festival is held to introduce the unique identity of dances from other countries.