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Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance & Music is back for its 21st edition, bringing to the Thailand Cultural Centre a carefully curated lineup of acclaimed international artists. The festival runs from September 11 till October 23, with tickets priced between THB1,200 and THB5,000 (depending on the show). All the performances are guaranteed to be world-class, but if you want some help deciding what to attend, here are 5 not-to-be-missed shows coming up in the next few weeks.

Most shows begin at 7:30pm, although some weekend performances also include 2:30pm matinees. For a detailed festival schedule visit bangkokfestivals.com. To order tickets call Thai Ticket Major at 0 2262 3456, or visit thaiticketmajor.com.

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1. Rusalka

When: September 13

This opera – performed in three acts, with two intermissions – is being staged by Russia’s famed Ekaterinburg Opera Theatre. Sung in Czech, with music by Antonin Dvorak, it tells the story of an immortal water nymph, who falls in love with a prince and yearns to become human.

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2. Swan Lake

When: September 16 & 17

Don’t miss this classic ballet as performed by Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, New York, a world-renowned all-male company of dancers. The troupe performs on two consecutive evenings, however each evening the last two of the three scheduled dances will differ slightly.

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3. La Verità

When: September 21 & 22

This modern dance show is an electrifying scenic extravaganza of sheer beauty, with precise stage lighting, amazing costumes, and breathtaking acrobatics. Eleven multi-talented artists from the Compagnia Finzi Pasca move and live-sing throughout a succession of images that lead us through surrealism, a love story, and a reflection about truth.

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4. Cinderella On Ice

When: September 28 & 29

If you’ve never seen a ballet on ice, now’s your chance. This triumphant production, by the UK’s acclaimed Imperial Ice Stars, is a dramatic and novel interpretation of the timeless fairytale, with a stunning new score, world champion skaters, and beautiful sets.

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5. Lady Zhaojun

When: October 5 & 6

Multi-award-winning singer Li Yugang – a legendary figure in China – stars as ‘Lady Zhaojun’ in a grand theatrical musical where he will be accompanied by 70 singers and dancers. This marks the first performance outside China since the show’s premiere in Beijing earlier this year.

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