Orient Express: Casablanca in China

Some projects are harder to imagine than others. Transposing the Warner Bros. movie classic, Casablanca, into a full-length ballet is daunting enough, but the thought of premiering it in the 10,000-seat Great Hall of the People in Beijing is almost overwhelming. Director/choreographer John Clifford and designers Marc Rosenthal (lighting, projection, sound), John Iacovelli (sets), and A. Christina Giannini (costumes) did just that, and in the process overcame enormous cultural and

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