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Eye-opening combination of music and dance for the Double Seventh Festival

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08-01-2014 00:42 BJT

An eye-opening combination of music and dance for the arrival of the Double Seventh Festival. Renowned French pianist Richard Clayderman has teamed up with Chinese ballet dancer Sisi Qiu to deliver a mesmerizing performance at the Century Theatre in Beijing.

French pianist Richard Clayderman rose to fame in the 1970s, and is one of the most acclaimed pianists ever to hit the keys.

He enjoys tremendous popularity in China, where he is known as "The Prince Among Pianists". His opening piece is  "Ballade pour Adeline", the very work that shot him to fame in 1976 in France.

Clayderman is known for his soft touch and sublime technique, but he also displays his passionate side with a piece called "Chariots of Fire".

Sisi Qiu joins Clayderman on stage with a dance set to the musical piece "A Comme Amour". Sisi is one of China's leading ballet dancers, and has won world-wide recognition as the first Chinese dancer to join the Bavaria State Opera in Germany.

An eye-opening combination of music and dance for the arrival of the Double Seventh Festival. Renowned French pianist Richard Clayderman has teamed up with Chinese ballet dancer Sisi Qiu to deliver a mesmerizing performance at the Century Theatre in Beijing.

An eye-opening combination of music and dance for the arrival of the Double Seventh Festival. Renowned French pianist Richard Clayderman has teamed up with Chinese ballet dancer Sisi Qiu to deliver a mesmerizing performance at the Century Theatre in Beijing.

"As you know, the upcoming Qixi festival is China's Valentine's day. So what better time to invite a French pianist such as Mr Clayderman during this romantic season. There is a lot of interplay between the piano and ballet in our show, though usually the music is played to match the dance. I'm very glad to work with Richard, he is such a nice person and so easy to work with," said Sisi Qiu, ballet dancer.

"I think it was a good opportunity for me to meet with Sisi. I think this cooperation is perfect. It's a way to express my emotions. And her dancing is extraordinary. It was important for me to perform with her. Even if it was only one piece, it was really important," pianist Richard Clayderman said.

Clayderman also plays the theme song of the sell-out Korean TV series "My love from the stars". Surprise? Maybe. But Qixi festival is knocking on the door, after all. He is also thrilled to see the achievements of Chinese pianists, and gives them some advice.

An eye-opening combination of music and dance for the arrival of the Double Seventh Festival. Renowned French pianist Richard Clayderman has teamed up with Chinese ballet dancer Sisi Qiu to deliver a mesmerizing performance at the Century Theatre in Beijing.

An eye-opening combination of music and dance for the arrival of the Double Seventh Festival. Renowned French pianist Richard Clayderman has teamed up with Chinese ballet dancer Sisi Qiu to deliver a mesmerizing performance at the Century Theatre in Beijing.

"There are a lot of young pianists over here that play amazingly well. Some of them fell in love with the piano through my music. So I'm really proud and flattered. And if I can give a little bit of advice, it is to work hard, as for myself I never had to work hard, for me everything came pretty naturally. I think it's the same for all of these young pianists. They work hard but they also have the need to express their emotions, through this wonderful instrument called the piano. And even if they don't make a great career in playing the piano, I'm sure they will have a bright future," said Richard.

Apart from classic piano pieces, classic ballet works are also performed. They include Swan Lake and a Chinese styled ballet named "The dream of the butterfly".

And of course a romantic duet dance is also a major highlight of the show.

The show also includes the Bohemia Ballet troupe of Czechoslovakia, and classical tunes played on the four stringed Chinese Pipa.

Multilayered shows that integrate dance and music from the east and the west are becoming increasingly popular in China.

And no doubt, future cooperations of this kind will continue to be welcomed by the Chinese audience.

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