Nov 07, 2014

Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich was delighted to debut A Magnifique Journey on November 4th (Tuesday) 2014 as part of the China tour to celebrate Sofitel’s successful first half-century and the flourishing relationship between France and China during the same time-frame. Music, dance, theatre and strong visual images transported audiences on A Magnifique Journey through five decades and between two continents.

Nostalgia, romance, glamour, colour, humour, digital images and more than a little theatrical magic combined in a fast-paced music and dance spectacular that contained something for everyone in 45 minutes. The multi-function room Salle Victor Hugo at Sofitel Guangzhou was transformed into a theatre space with 160 invited guests included Sofitel guests, partners and loyalty members. Amongst the VIPs we had the presence of Mr. Bertrand Furno, Consulate General of the Republic of France.

The show will be staged in Sofitel hotels in 7 cities after its debut in Guangzhou, until November 25th, including Nanjing, Shanghai, Xian, Jinan, Chongqing, Chengdu and Macau as a finale.

Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich – November 4th, 2014
Sofitel Nanjing Zhongshan Golf Resort – November 9th, 2014
Sofitel Shanghai Hyland – November 11th, 2014
Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square – November 13th, 2014
Sofitel Jinan Silver Plaza – November 15th, 2014
Sofitel Forebase Chongqing – November 19th, 2014
Sofitel Chengdu Taihe – November 21st, 2014
Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16 – November 25th, 2014

About the Programme

A Magnificent Journey incorporated all the arts in a series of vignettes that used various genres from jazzy steps to contemporary ballet against an eclectic selection of music that linked the very different world of the sixties to present-day in China and France. Stars of the show were French-Chinese singer and actress, Lou Wong, winner of many awards; and Anthony Esteve-Chuecos, multi-talented Parisian dancer and actor.

Artistic Director Lisa Souissa is also a choreographer with a strong background in performing art and management. She is a veteran instructor of contemporary ballet for major international production companies including Cirque du Soleil and Dragone Entertainment Group. Technical Director Jason Graham has had wide experience from major sporting events to large-scale theatrical productions and touring shows. Currently he is the Sound Department Head for The House of Dancing Water in Macau.

The performers played multiple roles as this fast-paced production transported the audience from a fashionable pavement café in 1960s in Paris to some of China’s most beautiful scenic and historic regions. Next stop found them is St Tropez in the South of France, in the exhilarating and highly competitive world of a French show business audition. The action returned to China for the closing celebration which combined music and dance to express Sofitel’s successful fusion of the best of Chinese and French tradition.

Sofitel Celebrates Art & Culture

Since the beginning, Sofitel’s corporate culture has been inspired by the French art de vivre. The company’s three strategic pillars include design and innovation, the celebration of fine food and wine and, last but not least, the passion for culture and events. “It is an essential part of the Sofitel way of life to celebrate the company’s French heritage through cultural events linked to literature, fashion and art,” commented Michel Molliet, Vice President of Sofitel Greater China. “After two successive years of popular Musique Littéraire productions, we created something even more ambitious for this dual golden anniversary of Sofitel’s founding and the establishment of formal cultural links between France and China. Our guests have come to expect a culturally enriching experience when they stay in one of our hotels and I am happy that this Magnifique Journey brought a memorable and entertaining evening to our guests.”

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