Sunday, June 29, 2008

In the name of cultural diplomacy


'In a basement studio of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, another wall was coming down. Our education team was working with 28 young Chinese and a group of teachers. Within an hour and a half, they are all producing their own, short, dance piece. To me it seems miraculous. Cultural diplomacy is as important now as it has ever been' - writes the chief executive of London's Royal Opera House in a retrospective justification of the Royal Ballet's tour to China in today's Independent.

The Indies' endline reads as follows - 'Tony Hall is chief executive of the Royal Opera House. The Royal Ballet tour to China is supported by Rio Tinto'.

Continue the tour here, here and here while a dancer in another company takes some wrong steps here. And more cultural diplomacy here.

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1 comment:

Pliable said...

I notice the Royal Opera House's spin consultants Brown Lloyd James visiting this post.

They certainly have an eclectic client list -

http://www.brownlloydjames.com/default.aspx?page=8

which includes Lord Levy -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Levy,_Baron_Levy